House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, mimicked President Barack Obama on the House floor Monday citing a conversation he had with Obama in the hours before the shutdown.
"I didn't come here to shut down the government," Boehner said before the House voted on the continuing resolution.
“I talked to the president earlier tonight: ‘I’m not gonna negotiate. I’m not gonna negotiate. We’re not gonna do this,’” Boehner said. “Well, I would say to the president, ‘This is not about me. This is not about Republicans here in Congress. It’s about fairness for the American people.’”
The president spoke with Boehner for nearly 10 minutes, according to Boehner’s office.
"The speaker told the president that Obamacare is costing jobs and that American families are being denied basic fairness when big businesses are getting exemptions that they are not,” Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck.
"The president made clear that Congress has two jobs to do: pay the bills on time and pass a budget on time," the White House said in a statement. "Failure to fulfill those responsibilities is harmful to our economy, small businesses and middle class families across the country."
Obama called the House GOP to drop their demands in a statement Monday afternoon.
"You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job, for doing what you're supposed to be doing anyway ... just because there's a law there that you don't like," he said.