Representative Larsen has provided a statement in which he claims that “We [the House] would end this shutdown in an hour if we were just allowed to vote on a clean bill to reopen the government.”
That may well be true.
It is equally true the Senate could end the shutdown in an hour if they would pass the funding bill already passed and sent to them by the House, which is the only body in Congress which is constitutionally empowered to originate spending bills.
Both sides have the power to end the shutdown in an hour. Both sides are intransigent.
But only one side has stated publicly that it refuses any negotiation whatsoever. That it refuses any compromise whatsoever.
For those who believe that government should be a conflict of wills, this will be acceptable.
For those who believe that government should involve negotiation and compromise, that both sides must be willing at least to consider giving up something they want in order to pass legislation, it’s clear where the ultimate responsibility for the shutdown lies.
Christopher Hodgkin, San Juan Island