Ending Obamacare, avoiding gov't shutdown a juggling act for Boehner
July 31st, 2013
08:25 PM ET
1 year ago

Ending Obamacare, avoiding gov't shutdown a juggling act for Boehner

Washington (CNN) – While House Speaker John Boehner isn't overtly ruling out picking a fight with President Barack Obama over a spending bill, he is laying out an alternative strategy to avoid a government shutdown.

During a closed door meeting on Wednesday with House Republicans, Boehner tried to "gently hold members' hands and walk them away from this," said one GOP source who was in the room.

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  1. Kinard

    Go ahead. Shut the whole process down. The American people are watching. Believe it or not, most if not all know who to blame for this kind of game playing, and the 2014 elections are not that far away.

    July 31, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    It wouldn't be a juggling act if Speaker Boehner would just get some back bone and stand up to Tea Partiers in his caucus.

    July 31, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  3. Dwight

    Of the factions that are currently swirling around in the commode the current leadership of the GOP has cast, what are the issues that divide those factions?

    Certainly, there are those factions in the GOP (RINO's? GOGOP? GoodOl' GOP? Conservatives 'R' U.S.?) who are in disagreement over differing theories on the governments positive & negative influence on prosperity.

    GOP advocates of a more limited government may be distressed to see their (R) peers taking action to negate the effects on spending brought about by the sequester; those actions may result in a restoration of funding to a "bloated government".

    The House of Representatives has passed by voice vote (no record there) an amendment to the 2014 defense appropriations bill; that amendment was introduced by Tom Cole (R) of Oklahoma that would prohibit civilians paid from working capital revolving funds from being furloughed, a move that would protect many depot workers, and another amendment to exempt National Guard dual-status technicians from furloughs.

    Tom Cole's district includes Tinker Air Force Base which is Oklahoma's largest employer and home to Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, a depot base for several aircraft systems.

    It appears the DoD, which cannot be thought of as "permanent underclass" in budgetary terms, shall remain a mammoth paver in the road to prosperity. DoD’s budget currently demands approximately $5,000 from every person in the United States according to recent census and DoD budget numbers.

    July 31, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. jinx9to88

    GOP cant agree with their own policies. Thats hilarious!!!

    July 31, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Why don't you just resign you piece of garbage?

    July 31, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  6. just me

    The blind drunk leading the blindingly stupid.

    July 31, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  7. Thomas

    House Speaker John Boehner wants to drink 12 year old scotch , have a cigaret and hit golfballs is more like it !

    July 31, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  8. S. B. Stein

    Why is he still trying to repeal Obamacare? There are more important things to be done now.

    July 31, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  9. ronjayaz

    I'm waiting for Boehner to have another crying jag.

    August 1, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. Just a thought

    You GOP/Tea Trolls have tried 39 times trying to get rid of Obamacare...but its the law of the land which means the Pres. (you know that black guy we elected last year) would have to sign to repeal it. Aint gonna happen geniuses. So go back to your games of rock, paper, scissors.

    August 1, 2013 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  11. Just a thought

    I saw Tom I. write something really silly....big shocker there...I know...I know...but I think someone called him a hyper-righty and then he went into this diatribe about being pro-choice, for gay marriage, against the war on drugs, legalizing marijuana and the list went on. I thought to myself...You know, this person probably is a GOP/Tea Troll because he relishes the idea of being in a clueless party that says no to their own ideas......CASE#1 the ACA, aka Obamacare a Republican idea and so it makes sense these GOP/Tea Trolls are against right? These fruitcase confuse me just explaining their idiotic behavior,,,....I need to lay down now. LOL

    August 1, 2013 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    You fail to mention, in order to maximize the drama in your political reporting and the adversarial emphasis in it, that an independent organization has concluded such a ( defunding) vote would be unconstitutional, as health care protects the life of citizens.
    Of course when the constitution is not supportive of TParty ideology we can ignore it.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 1, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  13. Bernard obryant

    Republican dont have faith in obamacare they want it out of the system they shut down the govt if positable why because they and new house member never want it in the first place

    August 1, 2013 02:34 am at 2:34 am |
  14. simon-sez

    Hard to believe anything these republicans say anymore. At the end of the day, they tow the corporate line cause thats what gets them paid.

    August 1, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |