The relationship between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) appears to be anything but rosy.
“He’s a coward,” Reid said, according to Politico. “He’s a coward!”
President Barack Obama also pinned the shutdown blame on Boehner Thursday, criticizing the speaker for refusing to bring a clean continuing resolution bill to a House vote.
"The only thing preventing people from going back to work and basic research starting back up and farmers and small business owners getting their loans, the only thing that is preventing all that from happening right now, today, in the next five minutes is that Speaker John Boehner won't even let the bill get a yes or no vote because he doesn't want to anger the extremists in his party," Obama said.
As the 2013 government shutdown pushed into its fourth day, House Republicans jumped all over a Friday Wall Street Journal report, which had an anonymous White House official quoted as saying "we are winning." That quote that was disavowed later in the morning on Twitter by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
"This isn't a damn game," Boehner declared at a Friday press conference.