September 20th, 2013
09:59 AM ET
5 years ago

Gingrich favors House Republican budget push on Obamacare

Washington (CNN) – Newt Gingrich, the man in the House speaker's seat during the last government shutdown more than 17 years ago, urged House Republicans Friday to push forward with their plan to pass a bill that keeps funding the government - but only as long as it defunds Obamacare.

His pitch comes despite calls from some Republicans, including Sen. John McCain and Rep. Peter King, who say taking such an approach could be damaging to the party and the country.

But Gingrich argued it paid off for the Republicans last time around and will work for the GOP again if they stand their ground.

"It did work for us. First of all, it worked for the country," the former House speaker said on CNN's "New Day." He then ticked off a series of legislative accomplishments - welfare reform, balanced budgets, and tax cuts - that the Republican-controlled Congress worked with then-President Bill Clinton to pass after the shutdown.

He also pointed to the fact that Republicans kept the House majority in the next midterm election in 1996.

"I think if we had rolled over, if we had been afraid to fight, if we had looked like we didn't believe what we said, we wouldn't have gotten any of that stuff," argued Gingrich, co-host of CNN's "Crossfire."

Read: Government shutdown: Again? Seriously?

Chris Cuomo, co-host of "New Day," pushed back, saying those accomplishments largely happened on Clinton's terms because "he wound up leading the agenda" after Republicans "lost political capital" following the shutdown.

But Gingrich continued to argue "none of those things would have happened had we not had the courage to stand and fight."

Washington is marching toward a shutdown at the end of the month if House Republicans and Senate Democrats don't come to terms on a plan to keep the government funded when money runs out at the end of the month.

Read: Congress: will it be a government shutdown or budget compromise?

The Republican-controlled House is expected to pass a bill Friday that keeps the government running past September 30 - the end of the fiscal year - but strips money for the president's signature health care law. It will go to the Democratic-controlled Senate, where Democrats, with the backing of some Republicans, are set to kill the Obamacare amendment.

The bill would then be sent back to the House, which would have to decide whether to pass it and keep the government running or defeat it and possibly see a government shutdown.

CNNMoney: Government shutdown gears in motion

In the recent dust up over the fiscal deadline, House Republicans in favor of the move to defund Obamacare say they're simply trying to rid the country of a law that a majority of Americans don't like. Rather, Republicans argue, it's the Democrats who are threatening to shut down the government.

"If the House Republicans pass a bill that keeps open every part of the government...why is it their fault if the president and Harry Reid in the Senate then say they're not going to accept keeping open the government?" Gingrich asked.

Opinion: Gingrich: Obama's big debt limit deception

Public opinion polls, however, show Republicans would take the blame for a shutdown.

– CNN's Ted Barrett and Tom Cohen contributed to this report.

Filed under: Budget • Congress • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer

    Hooray for the Line Item Veto that the previous occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue granted himself and future Presidents! President Obama can veto the fascism and still sign off!

    September 20, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Data Driven

    " House Republicans in favor of the move to defund Obamacare say they're simply trying to rid the country of a law that a majority of Americans don't like."

    Except that the majority of Americans also do not want the law to be dismantled, despite their nervousness about it. Which means: Republicans will take the blame for a shutdown. Republicans are forcing this issue, not Democrats.

    September 20, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Ah, it brings back such memories, eh Newtie?

    September 20, 2013 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Tampa Tim

    Newt also favors a colony on the moon. But, Newt destroyed his party with his shut down of government, and hopes that if Boehner and the baggers do the same, people will forget the damage Newt did.

    September 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    There goes Newt again, following from behind.

    September 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Malory Archer

    Shelia whined on another thread: I use to have simple health care between my doctor and myself. Now its complicated with government in charge of what services or care I receive. My health was private now its public.. My body, my health, my privacy....


    Sheila must not had medical insurance or she would know that THEY'RE currently in charge of what services or care she receives. Sorry babe, but it's well past time for your to pick up the tab for your own medical care.

    September 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  7. Tampa Tim

    For republicans to lie about the majority of what Americans want, where were they on sensible gun laws when 90% of Americans wanted some regulation? The ACA will bite them for the next several elections, as the majority does not want it repealed.

    September 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    But Gingrich argued it paid off for the Republicans last time around and will work for the GOP again if they stand their ground.
    It did? Gingrich said that? Is this the same guy who said druing the debt ceiling debacle of 2011 that not paying our bills would hurt the country? And who siad just a few short months ago that shutting down the government didn't work.out well for the Republicans in the 1990s? Did someone pay him to say that, or what?

    September 20, 2013 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He also pointed to the fact that Republicans kept the House majority in the next midterm election in 1996."

    I didn't like this fool in 1996. I do not like him now. In fact, I am at the point that I am no longer taking a interest in politics overall. The GOP went overboard during the Clinton years and took Americans for a ride. In 2007, they took us over the economic cliff and sat back and did nothing ... NOTHING ... to help alleviate the the damage that little "ride" of theirs caused to millions of Americans.

    This time ts will be so much worse. I am no longer interested in debating "over the cliff". Having fallen over the cliff in 2007, I and my husband held on for dear life and managed to drag ourselves back up and onto solid ground.

    You know, we're both getting too old to keep swimming and dragging and digging ourselves out of GOP messes.

    September 20, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Remember when the baggers were bragging about shutting down the government? Now they are saying they don't want to unless we defund the ACA. I hope these knuckle draggers lose their jobs, as they are the worst case of welfare abuse.

    September 20, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    Data Driven wrote:

    "House Republicans in favor of the move to defund Obamacare say they're simply trying to rid the country of a law that a majority of Americans don't like."
    I like the ACA, but "Obamacare" scares me to death. It has death panels, hidden taxes, hurts the economy, and host of other horrors. But, the ACA gives me rights, and the Republicans have no alternative plan escept to maintain the former status quo.

    It is human nature to dislike, distrust, or otherwise reject that which we do not understand....especially so when you've been told over and over that everyone else dislikes something. It's also human nature to "want to belong", to want to feel that your ideas and opinions are shared by most other people.

    September 20, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  12. Catmandew

    Why should we be subject to a law that congress and the president and whomever they chose to exempt from it aren't? Why won't they just let the people vote on it? Oh that's right it's what 5 feet tall and they couldn't read it before they passed it how would we be able to understand it. It's been what 3 years and still no one understands it how it's intended to function and the end results so ashcan it and make something more reasonable. Single payer type insurance comes to mind.

    September 20, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  13. TONE

    I think newt want to do some reshuffling of the republican party get rid of the tea baggers in 2014 and keep the moderates he is not a stupid man he remember what happen to him he has a motive behind his statement, a more sane gop.

    September 20, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  14. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    We are playing right into Obama's hands. He wants food stamps and ssi checks to stop. That way he can plead to the poor whites,blacks,and latino's that this is what happens when you dont show up for mid term elections. They will show up heavy in 2014 (Because they want them free checks) And republicans will loose the house.

    September 20, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  15. tashon

    This will end badly

    September 20, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  16. patNY

    BIG difference between now and the last shut down legislative by-product. Last shut down, got Clinton to get things passed on his terms. This shut down is supposed to get Obama to self-destroy his own previously passed legislation that is to be his legacy – the AHCA. Obama will not capitulate under those circumstances. NEWT – its apples and oranges.

    September 20, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  17. Al-NY,NY

    sorry didn't work last time and it certainly won't work this time. But keep up the carnival barking. Americans that use their brain love listening to you blather on and on while the sheep lap your drivel up like yesterdays' compost

    September 20, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Tampa Tim

    The GOP voted to cut food stamps as a way to hurt poor children and seniors. Tha same baggers voted to make sure that almost 50 million uninsured will not have access to health care. Did you ever wonder what their vision of America is?

    September 20, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Thomas

    Newt Gingrich / Tom Delay 2016

    When men were men , and sheep were sheep.

    September 20, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. Data Driven


    "reject that which we do not understand"

    And that explains the nervousness in the polling. If memory serves, 30% of Americans admitted to not understanding Obamacare - a term I prefer, by the way, because it co-opts a right-wing putdown and the soon-to-be popular law will have Obama's name forever attached to it.

    September 20, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Catman – you may not know this, but Fox has been lying to you. 6 million students are allowed to stay on their parents plan, and pre existing conditions for denial is a thing of the past. (Except in red states). Rates are going down, except in red states, and the majority of Americans do not want it repealed.

    September 20, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |

    Don't touch Obamacare! For the first time my husband and I will be able to get out from under the $ thumb of Blue cross.
    Being self employed and my husband a cancer survivor we have not been able to choose a different policy because no one will cover him We pay $800 a month with a $20,000 deductible and no RX coverage. It's a total RIP OFF! On OCT. 1 we will be able to CHOOSE! Thank GOD for the POTUS who really does care about the people!

    September 20, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Hector Slagg

    Last shutdown was such a sucsess? If so why do we need another one? Why are we even talking about one? After 80 plus years of Liberal's in control, (Read the Big Social, Spending Programs that are now in receivership) why isn't everything fixed by now? So, I have to ask, WHAT HAPPENED? Why are we in worse shape than the 1930's? You can shuck and jive all you want to, and tell yourself lies but conditions today are extermely bad. Happy landings !

    September 20, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  24. geggyg

    @ Mallory Archer.
    The original line item veto for the President was declared unconstitutional in 1998 . Pres GW Bush did try to get another line item veto passed in 2006 but it wasn't passed by the Senate . Pres GW Bush didn't have line item veto powers , but at times used signing statements to allow deferral of spending . In 2009 another line item veto bill was introduced but was defeated by Congress.

    September 20, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  25. Sniffit

    LOL! Keep rewriting that history, Newtered....and please proceed, GOPers/Teatrolls.


    September 20, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
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