I almost feel sorry for Speaker of the House John Boehner. Almost. He brought a bill to the floor, a continuing resolution to fund the government while Congress works out the appropriations bills. The bill lost when 48 Republicans refused to sign on.
The Speaker needs to get his house in order. Or, in the alternative, he could reach out to enough Democrats to pass such basic, essential legislation. But, this latter course would require that he give something up, that he actually compromise and in today's Tea Party-ridden Republican Party, compromise is a very naughty word.