Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y) compared House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) unfavorably to his counterpart in the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Noting that McConnell has more to fear from the tea party than Boehner -- McConnell is facing reelection and a challenge on his right from businessman Matt Bevin -- Schumer argued that McConnell has been more constructive in the current spending showdown.
"I am so disappointed in Speaker Boehner," Schumer said. "If Mitch McConnell who has a much rougher road to hoe, with a tea party challenger challenging him every day, can figure out a way to make this happen, why can't Speaker Boehner?"
McConnell bucked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other tea party allies last week in voting to let the Senate move forward in the standoff, even though he also voted to defund Obamacare. Boehner had tried to bring up a funding bill in the House that would have avoided the standoff, but backed off after pressure led by Cruz.
"It's terrible, because we all know [Boehner] doesn't agree with what they're doing," Schumer said. "You know that if you know Boehner at all."