According to NBC News on Oct 7, Obama's challenge to Boehner comes after the Speaker claimed on Fox News sunday show "Fox News Sunday" that he lacked sufficient support to pass a clean funding bill through the House of Representatives.
During an unannounced stop at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center in Washington D.C, Obama told the media:
Hold a vote. Call a vote right now. Let's see what happens. If Republicans and Speaker Boehner are saying there aren't enough votes, then they should prove it. Let the bill got to the floor and let's see what happens. Just vote.
Speaker Boehner said on Fox News Sunday that a funding bill that would reopen the government would not make substantial changes to the health-care law, and for that reason would not pass the Republican-dominated House.
But numerous whip counts and media outlets are disputing Boehner's claim that he does not have enough votes to pass a "clean" funding bill.
In the meantime, the war of words between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Boehner continue to rage on.
As the Senate resumed session after a Sunday recess, Reid suggested on the Senate floor the Bohner is "afraid" of the clean funding bill passing the House. He said of Boehner on the Senate floor on Oct 7:
Are you afraid this measure will pass, the government will reopen and the American people will realize you took the country hostage for no apparent reason?
At the same time Reid was slamming Boehner on the Senate floor, Boehner took to the House floor to once again slam Obama for failing to negotiate to end the funding impasse. He said on the House floor:
Mr. President, it's time to have that conversation before our economy is put further at risk.
Obama doubled-down on his stance that he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling.