Boehner: Woke up happy
July 29th, 2011
01:34 PM ET
7 years ago

Boehner: Woke up happy

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans during a closed door meeting that he "woke up happy this morning," according to Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, who spoke to reporters after the meeting.

Boehner told GOP members "he loves some less than others today, but he loves us all," LaTourette said.

The Speaker's comments came as he and other top GOP leaders scrambled to make a change to their debt ceiling bill to get rebellious conservatives on board.  They were forced to pull the planned vote on the bill Thursday night after failing to round up enough support.  House Democrats have pledged a united front against the GOP plan.

After late night discussions on Thursday with conservative Republicans opposed or undecided on the measure, GOP leaders agreed to tweak the bill's language dealing with the balanced budget amendment.  To address concerns on the right flank about ensuring future spending cuts actually happen, the revised version of the bill would require that the second increase in the debt limit early next year be contingent on congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment.  The bill originally just mandated that a vote happen, not that it pass.

New Jersey Republican Scott Garrett, who was opposed, told reporters he could now support the bill, and predicted the bill would now pass because of the change.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, asked if leaders now had sufficient votes to pass their debt bill, said, "I think we do."

Speaker Boehner, according to a Republican who attended Friday's closed door meeting, told members, "'If we pass this today, we will have sent not one, but two bills to the Senate that would end this crisis,"' referring to the "cut, cap and balance" legislation the Senate rejected last week.

"'All that will stand between the American people and a resolution to this crisis will be the Senate, which has passed nothing,"' Boehner said, according to that Republican source.

Filed under: Debt • Deficit • John Boehner
soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. The Author

    Too many headline jokes...can't...contain...self...

    July 29, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  2. C. Howe Yulikit

    Wasting time on a bill that has no chance of passing simply to appease the Tea Bagger losers (many with their own financial problems) is NOT LEADERSHIP! Boehner should wake up out of a job tomorrow.

    July 29, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. NoBS

    The "Orange Man" is getting the color back in his once "tanned" face that only a mother of monkeys could love. HA!

    July 29, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. neil

    Boehner can't lead a cub scout troop.Even if repubs approve this crap bill democrats never will.This is all a monumental waste of time.I suspect the tea partiers want the country to go down.The only good that will come out of this is the death of these idiots.Shame the country had to get trashed to accomplish it.

    July 29, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  5. GOP Hate America

    of course he woke up happy he will still get paid and get the free health care he denies everyone else.

    July 29, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  6. razmataz

    I applaud the sentiment, but there's no way they will get 37 states to vote for a balanced budget amendment, or even be able to hold a vote, by next year. Politics just don't happen that fast!

    July 29, 2011 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Obama.."Money already spend" !

    Raked-up or racked-up..either way Washington's leadership (or lack thereof) finally has banked-out and bankrupt the
    Country.....Just take a good look at you...!

    July 29, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. GI Joe


    What a loser. The weakest leader of the most dysfunctional House in HISTORY.

    July 29, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  9. Cosmo

    "'All that will stand between the American people and a resolution to this crisis will be the Senate, which has passed nothing,"' Boehner said, according to that Republican source.

    All that stands between the American people and a resolution to the crisis is the failure and refusal of the GOP to negiotiate a compromises in good faith. The GOP had better get the message that the American people are not buying their cynical "solution" to the problem. Better get all the free golf in that you can Mr. Speaker, because in 2012 you and your party will be sent packing.

    July 29, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  10. DVoice12

    So that's all they came back with. Boy are they useless, Obama will veto any bill that does not bring tax rates for the super rich prior to Bushie Jr.,. There must be tax revenues or it will not happen.

    Republicans= war against the middle class!!

    July 29, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  11. MCR

    The Senate hasn't passed anything because bills dealing with the debt ceiling MUST ORIGINATE IN THE HOUSE. Maybe if you wrote a bill that compromised instead of trying to defend the rich with all the power you were give we'd be in a better place this weekend. Of course the blame doesn't only fall to repulicans, but most of it does at this point. Cut cap and balance is the worst idea I've seen in a long time, "let's just assume that there will never be another financial crisis" is not a reasonable way to write legislation

    July 29, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. Wes B.


    Jokes make me laugh.

    July 29, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  13. Cincinnatian

    Stupid political games. Thanks for nothing, Boehner. You woke up happy because you are so far removed from the silent majority of Americans who woke up mad that you refuse to engage in compromise. The truth is – you're still dreaming...WAKE UP!

    July 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. No longer an Independent, now a Democrat

    The two bill Boehner has sent are extreme right disasters that would make our current recession much worse by causing MORE job loss and not CREATING any jobs. It is the correct thing to do to reject such things that are bad for our country and American workers. Remember, there does not HAVE to be any type of "compromise" attached to the debt ceiling. It has always been raised in the past with no demands attached. The Republicans manufactured this current controversy/problem and I will most certainly not be voting for ANY of them (federal, state, or local level) come 2012. This is ridiculous and caused solely by GOP extremists.

    July 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Jilli

    Well, he's a failure, but at least he's a happy failure – but still a failure nonetheless.

    July 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. larryj

    Out with the senate and speakers too
    Clean the house and sweep the floor.
    They surely believe "there's nothing to do".
    Out with them all and slam the door.

    Oust the lazy and oust the fools
    So speak the American masses.
    Oust the elephants and rout the mules
    Right out on their politic asses.

    July 29, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. JJ

    Most clueless losers wake up happy in the morning. That changes after the first cup of coffee, when reality sinks in and they realize the dream phase is over.

    July 29, 2011 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Malty

    Obama is such a hypocrite. He call for compromise, but NEVER DOES. The republican bill isn't perfect, but is by far the best one out there. Obama and the super majority of democrats increased the debt by $3T in 2.5 years. They are the cause of this 'crisis'.

    Cutting spending, balancing the budget and capping the debt are all necessary. Reid and his bill don't decrease sending enough. The country still goes deeper into debt (and pays hundreds of billions in interest. Come on, even the dimmest of liberals can see this.

    July 29, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  19. California Conservative

    Turning down a bill even before it's finished tells me that the demcorats are against compromise.


    July 29, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. California Conservative

    Republicans have passed the Cap, Cut and Balance bill.

    What have the democrats done besides being obstructionists?

    They turn a bill down even before it's finished.

    July 29, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. Four and The Door

    His point is, they all know what needs to be done and what is best for the country. It is to get government spending in control and to start working the level of debt back down. Yes, it can go down too, but that takes determined management of the federal government just like it takes determined management of a household or business to get financial control. But it has to be done. Very soon. He knows this is the appropriate time to get that done and that's why he has no reason to be angry about their no votes. They will just create a bill that can get voted in and pass it along to the Senate and Administration. Coming down to the wire, we will see how interested the Democrats are in avoiding the looming crisis.

    July 29, 2011 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    John Boehner told Republicans during a closed door meeting that he "woke up happy this morning,"
    That's because you woke up DRUNK!!

    July 29, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    John Boehner told Republicans during a closed door meeting that he "woke up happy this morning,"
    That's because you woke up DRUNK and as clueless as the day you were born.
    Evidently in your case Boo-Hoo ignorance IS bliss.
    I would like you if you didn't piss me off so much.

    July 29, 2011 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. louisville

    This is complete BS. You can't send two bills, offering no compromise, to the Senate and act like you've done something. Doing something would be working with the Democrats on a balanced approach to debt reduction (you know, that thing most Americans want). Not that the Dems get off scott free here but they've definitely been the ones most willing to compromise.

    July 29, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. ART

    Well I'am glad sombody is happy about this mess that Republicans have created. These are the people who would rather see America fail , just to try to make Our president look bad. I hope they all choke on their tea bags.

    July 29, 2011 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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