- The Washington Times - Monday, October 7, 2013

A top Senate Democrat said Monday he thinks House Speaker John A. Boehner will eventually concede and put a “clean bill” on the chamber floor to fund federal operations and end the government shutdown.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, made his comments as part of a “friendly challenge” to test the sway of hard-right faction that has been blamed by Democrats for causing the shutdown by demanding a delay or repeal to parts of President Obama’s health care law.

Democrats like Mr. Schumer say enough Republican centrists are willing to vote for a clean bill, especially as the specter of default on America’s debts looms ahead.

“The problem here is Speaker Boehner, so far, has been unwilling to break with the tea party,” Mr. Schumer told CNN’s New Day. “But let me make a prediction: When we get close to [the] debt ceiling, he will have to break with the tea party.”

He said Republican will give ground, because their demands over stopping Obamacare are not worth risking a disastrous default if Congress does not extend the nation’s borrowing authority by Oct. 17 — although the exact doomsday has been the source of controversy.

“You cannot negotiate with a hostage situation like that,” Mr. Schumer said. “You cannot negotiate with a gun to your head. Here’s his most important accomplishment, President Obama’s, whether you like it or not, and … they’re saying get rid of it or we’ll hurt America? It’s a horrible situation.”



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