Boehner 'hopeful' on preventing government shutdown
March 3rd, 2013
12:41 PM ET
1 year ago

Boehner 'hopeful' on preventing government shutdown

(CNN) - As Washington moved on to the next fiscal battle, House Speaker John Boehner sounded optimistic about the prospect of passing a measure by March 27 that would continue funding the government and avoid a shutdown.

"The president this morning agreed that we should not have any talk of a government shutdown," Boehner said in an interview that was taped Friday and aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "So I'm hopeful that the House and Senate will be able to work through this."

Boehner announced Friday that the House will take up a measure next week that will support the government financially through the end of the fiscal year, September 30. The exact provisions in the bill have not been released.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also predicted the bill could pass in the Senate with bipartisan support.

"Senate Democrats have indicated they are not interested in (a government shutdown), either," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "I believe we're going to be able to work out passing the continuing resolution later in March on a bipartisan basis through both the House and the Senate."

Republicans, however, may use the opportunity to try to amend the $85 billion in spending cuts that went into effect Friday. Adding such provisions could stall the funding bill, also known as a continuing resolution, as Republicans and Democrats may disagree over the proposed amendments.

In reaction to Boehner's comments that aired Sunday morning, the White House issued a statement emphasizing its support for a "truly clean" continuing resolution - meaning legislation that doesn't come with items unrelated to the March 27 deadline.

"We would be happy to see Congress act on a truly clean CR that extends the funding levels at the BCA levels. And separately, Congress needs to act to replace the sequester," an administration official said, meaning the temporary spending bill should continue funding the government at levels established by the Budget Control Act.


Filed under: Budget • Debt • Deficit • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. cbr

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the Republicans to work with the Democrats to avoid a shut down. Mr. Boehner has many mavericks in his party and he has had difficulty getting them all on the same page. If they are not even starting to work on it until mid-March you know that the work will not be completed on time. He will not do anything to help the President or the Democrats. He and McConnell are not willing to do anything to help Mr. Obama to get re-elected. Whoops – he did win re-election! These two mean will drag their feet and drag their feet while the 47% continue to lose ground. Do not look for the middle class to rebound.

    March 3, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. rsamps2

    Boehner had better be hopeful. Mr. Boehner & his Republican Congress have repeatedly proven to be the most inept, obstinate, unreasonable and truly worthless group of politicians ever to set foot into Washington. Its about time they learned how to play nice, work with the President and Congress to actually conduct the people's business, rather than obstruct it for selfish personal gain!

    March 3, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. never to vote republican again

    Kick the tea party out!

    March 3, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  4. jpmichigan

    It take hard work on all to be able to compromise and share responsibilities. STOP THE BLAME GAME! American taxpayer know that the Sequester was initiated in the White House , to be used as a trigger to collect more taxes. The President and the Democrats got fooled, for the cut are needed , the deficit is to HIGH. Obama and the Democrats are playing hard ball with the lives of Americans, all Americans. It is time to show leadership by way of negotiations and compromise. Tax increases have always be gained by the Democrats, just because you won the election, no one placed a Crown on your head Mr. Obama. The Crown signifies dictatorship not leadership, After 4 plus years you think one would have learn something from the past. Your legacy may be one of distrust and inability to govern, by reassurance and faith in our government to do what is RIGHT.

    March 3, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. king

    these repubs are rediculous. theyve destroyed our unions, and allow wallstreet to pay folks 10 dollars an hour. this will not support our industries, because families living off of so low a wage have to house pool car pool and everything pool just to support their familiesl. while wallstreet vacuum up mainstreat money and invest in china. because mainstreet wouldnt be able to support their emense greed. this will strengjthen china more than america. because they have 7 times more spenders than america. the repubs hatred for obama has destroyed this country.

    March 3, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  6. Mark Z

    Pass a CR, add the 85 billion back in, and continue with the charade.

    March 3, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  7. DL

    I did not see where Obama cared when the US banks layed off 100k plus employees. I guess bettering yourself and your family by earning a college education is now looked down upon by democrats. What a lovely country we live in today. You can choose to work a low paying job, have multiple kids you can't afford and expect society to pay for your food and housing. I have to applaud the democrats for making this a country where no one takes responsibility for themselves or their situation.

    March 3, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. tom niles

    close all the tax loopholes, priortise cuts in our budget using a federal reserve audit to identify wasteful spending, both parties need to stop behaving like children and lead our nation.

    March 3, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. Armand Winter

    Boehner forced Newt Gingrich with the threat of voting him out as Speaker of the House if he didn't shutdown the government... Newt shut it down and it still wasn't good enough for Boehner.

    Boehner is a disingenuous hypocrite.

    March 3, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. tom niles

    close all the tax loopholes, priortise cuts in our budget using a federal reserve audit to identify wasteful spending. LEAD, FOLLOW, OR GET OUT OF THE WAY

    March 3, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  11. mark foster

    it is amaizing ,how the republicans could pay for two wars, off the books, then when they are put on the books so that we the people, can really see what we owe, they blame the people that are trying to show the real debt.not the people that created the debt.

    March 3, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    The gop and the teaparty has been tryin to starve the government for obamas whole first term and to do as much damage to the economy as possible and blame Obama for it. So kick them to the curb in the2014 mid terms. How could any sane person vote for this gop trash for any office ??????

    March 3, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. rs

    Boehner and his anti-American TEA Party are though. They should be in jail, not Congress.

    March 3, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. Pete

    If not it'll be Boehners legacy that he'll go down as the worst speaker in congressional history along side the likes of Newt Gingrich and others,primarily republicans...He did say publicly not long ago he got his 98% worth,no compremising and his collegues in Congress,Senate followed his example and voted almost unanimously for the sequester,they knew what they were getting into but played political roulette anyway thinking arrogently that they thought the president,democrates would cave before the sequester took effect,didn't they!!Now republicans are cornered pointing fingers at Pres.Obama saying its his fault saying he created this monster the sequester but they again fail to recognise that they were the ones that put the sequester on the presidents desk voting for it commiting political suicide for their party and careers...Posters here the ignorent ones blame Pres.Obama for the sequester but again it takes two to tango and this time as usual the republicans with their arrogence overshadowing their ignorence signed their own death warrents didn't they and don't say posters your party hasn't been warned because we happily have told them many times!!!

    March 3, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  15. dave

    Ernst & Young just paid the US government $123 million for getting caught illegally avoiding $2 billion in taxes. E&Y saves $1.77 billion in taxes while DC wrings their hands about the nothing they can do about budget problems. Who cares what the tax rate on the rich is when they're not going to pay it anyway?

    March 3, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    And so the Foodstamp Speaker begins his week lying. Republicans have no intention of ever compromising or working with the president on anything that would help the American people. In fact, the final chapter of their dirty, nasty, racist and treasonous platform was written and enacted last week as the sequester finally began. They have nothing to do now but sit back, drink beer, draw their "government" checks and watch as some supporters begin to blame the president instead of looking at the rats who caused this. Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, etc., have all worked hard at one thing: trying to make the president fail-but what they didn't realize is they too, will be held accountable for any more job losses, increased debt and misery the American people experience. Their days are numbered and this time, even gerrymandering won't help.

    March 3, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |