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Apr082011

Schumer to ABC News: Boehner 'Will Look Awful' If Gov't Shuts Down

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With a government shutdown looming, the blame game is in full swing. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., tells ABC News that while a shutdown would be “bad for everybody,” the public will judge House Speaker John Boehner as the main reason why it’s happening.

“I think they're understanding that Speaker Boehner's unwillingness to deviate from these ideological riders because the Tea Party has him sort of as almost a hostage -- they'll understand that,” Schumer said.

Of Boehner’s statement this week to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “there’s no daylight between the Tea Party and me,” Schumer said, “I wouldn't have said that if I were him.  Tea Party is not so popular in the U.S.”

Whether or not there’s a shutdown, he said, “really depends on one man:  John Boehner. He's caught between a rock and a hard place. The rock are the Tea Party hard-line Congress members. … But the other direction is he's the head of the Republican Party. And he knows if a shutdown occurs – and if it occurs because of these non-ideological riders like women's health -- he will look awful.”

“So he's stuck between a rock and a hard place. And if you wanted to get a bird's eye view of what's happening, you should be inside Speaker Boehner's brain. That's the only way to tell what's going to happen.”

Schumer asserted that Boehner offered President Obama a firm number for budget cuts – suggesting an agreement that Boehner and his staff say does not exist.

“At the White House last night, Speaker Boehner offered a number: $78 billion -- $78 billion in cuts. The president said we'll take that. And they spent all the rest of the time on the riders. The issue is not spending, but I understand where Speaker Boehner is. If everyone knew it was these riders he'd be in real trouble because no one thinks these riders belong on this bill. And so if it's really spending he should get up and pledge right now, 'I will take the riders off.' ”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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