House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) mocked President Barack Obama in a floor speech Monday, hours before a potential government shutdown — marking a rare move and a public sign of the two leaders’ increasingly soured relationship.
“I didn’t come here to shut down the government,” Boehner said, moments before the House voted on the GOP’s latest continuing resolution, which includes a one-year delay of Obamacare’s individual mandate. “The American people don’t want a shutdown, and neither do I.”
The Ohio Republican defended his party against allegations that they are willing to shut down the government over the president’s signature health care law, before referencing a recent phone call with Obama.
“I talked to the president earlier tonight: ‘I’m not gonna negotiate, I’m not gonna negotiate, I’m not gonna do this,'” Boehner said, mimicking Obama.
His speech was met with applause from Republicans in the chamber.