Transcript: House Speaker John Boehner’s press briefing remarks on the government shutdown – Sept. 30, 2013

Transcript of press briefing remarks by House Speaker John Boehner on the government shutdown following the adjournment of the House on Sept. 30, 2013:

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
The House has made its position known very clearly. We believe that we should fund the government and we think there ought to be basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare.

The Senate has continued to reject our offers.

But under the Constitution, there’s a way to resolve this process and that is to go to conference and talk through your differences.

And I would hope that the Senate would accept our offer to go to conference and discuss this so we can resolve this for the American people.


So the stakes have really been raised in this and you have members in both parties who want to vote on a clean CR. You’ve said you’d like the House to work its will. Will you permit a vote on a clean CR?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
We’re hoping that the Senate would take our offer and go to conference and let us resolve our differences.

Tomorrow or later today, 800,000 federal workers will receive notices they’re no longer needed on the job. What’s your message to them? And do you have a plan to restore back pay to them?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio):
The House has voted to keep the government open but we also want basic fairness for all Americans under Obamacare.


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