September 28th, 2013
02:14 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP leadership: House to vote on continuing resolution Saturday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government shutdown looked increasingly likely on Saturday as Republican leaders said the House would vote on two potentially deal-killing amendments to the stopgap spending bill the Senate passed Friday.

"The American people don't want a government shutdown and they don't want Obamacare," House Republican leaders said in statement.


In a joint statement by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California, and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, the top Republican lawmakers in the lower chamber confirmed that there will be a vote later in the day on delaying the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law for a year and repealing a tax on medical devices.

"We will do our job and send this bill over," the statement said, "and then it's up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has already said that both provisions would be dead on arrival in the Senate and White House press secretary Jay Carney has held firm that his boss would not sign such a bill were it to somehow make its way to the president's desk.

Despite the bill's dim prospects in the Senate, a source inside the House Republican caucus meeting said members responded to the leadership's announcement with cheers. McCarthy quickly channeled the group's enthusiasm, telling members, "This will be the fastest whip check ever." The House Republican whip then asked those in favor of the leadership's plans to raise their hand. According to a Republican aide, all those in the room did.

The widespread presumption anything out of the House with amendments would meet certain defeat in the Senate enraged one Republican. Asked by a reporter if his caucus would pursue a "clean" stopgap spending measure "when this fails," Rep. Darrell Issa of California delivered a verbal tongue-lashing to the offending scribe.

"How dare you presume a failure? How dare you," Issa said, raising his voice, before repeating each line once more.

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Seems the GOP domestic terrorists are also stupid as well as childish.

    This will make the 42nd time this group of pre-K morons have thrown themselves onto the floor of House and had a temper tantrum over Obamacares(s).

    Stupidity: Doing the SAME thing over and over and expecting a different result.

    Psst, baggers, my insurance went from 363/mo for a 10,000 deductible to 130/mo for a Silver plan with the subsidy, count me as one of the acoylites of iObamacare(s)!

    September 28, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. HenryMiller

    It baffles me utterly why the Democrats seem to be determined to bankrupt this country.

    September 28, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Woman In California

    "The American people don't want a government shutdown and they don't want Obamacare," House Republican leaders said in statement.
    --

    And will you give up your government salary during this shutdown?

    I'll tell you what the American people don't want, and that begins with you threatening our government and DEMANDING that the POTUS take a backseat or get out of your way. Meanwhile, the DOW tanks, people face losing their jobs, not getting paid (our military) or being laid off. How dare the town drunk stand there dressed in his government paid suit, containing his government paid healthcare card, cashing a government check and holding a government paid press conference while he threatens us. I hope this is THEIR LAST STAND. Let's send them a message loud and clear that the U.S. will not tolerate this terrorism and unproductivity anymore.

    Do NOT negotiate anymore Mr. President with these American-grown terrorists. The American people have your back and we want and support you and the ACA.

    September 28, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Michael Benjamin

    The government shutdown is over-hyped. Most Americans won't feel any direct pain unless this drags out for weeks. In the view of radical Republicans, i.e. GOP/TP, who would be quite pleased with neutering all programs they don't benefit from.

    September 28, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  5. Wake up People!

    Actually the American people DO want the ACA, if they didn't this wouldn't even be an issue because Willard would be POTUS.
    What the American people don't want is Congress that acts like a bunch of spoiled 5 year olds on a 8 year temper tantrum. Stop acting like itches and do some work. Or resign, we're sick of your ish.

    September 28, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. the hippies were right

    Adios GOP!

    September 28, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer dubbed the eighty tea repubs (the tail wagging Boehner-the-dog) the “suicide caucus.” What districts does this suicide caucus represent? Half of them are concentrated in the South, and a quarter of them are in the Midwest. There are thirteen in the rural West and four in rural Pennsylvania (outside the population centers of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh). None of the members are from New England, the megalopolis corridor from Washington to Boston, or along the Pacific coastline.

    They represent just 18% of the House and just 18% of our nation's population. Their districts are 75% white, 76 of the members who signed the Meadows' blackmail threat are male, and 79 of them are white. Not exactly representative of our nation as a whole.

    They are ideologically extreme within their own party and uncontrolled by Boehner. Because of his weakness, these ideological extremists (aided by outside interest groups, such as the Koch brothers and their shell organizations), are setting the national agenda.

    And just how good a job are they doing at helping our country during these challenging times?

    Rasmussen (not exactly a Liberal organization) reported on Sept 5 that only 7% of likely U.S. voters think Congress is
    doing a good or excellent job. That's the lowest approval rating for Congress in almost 40 years.

    The tea folks ran on jobs, jobs, jobs and have done nothing, nada, zip. Come November 2014, we need to dump these tea folks in the harbor and VOTE THEM OUT.

    September 28, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    Republicans have promised a government shut down for months. It finally gives the GOP a chance to finish what Bush started, the complete destruction of the US.

    September 28, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  9. freedom

    No guts, no glory! The GOP is listening to the American people – unlike this president and his entire administration!

    September 28, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Correction... WE DO WANT OBAMACARE. It is the law of the land. Get your face out of the whisky bottle and offer a budget that the Senate and the President can sign.

    September 28, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Leadership? This guy couldn't lead a fart out of a White Castle!

    September 28, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Mike Texoma

    Tea Party congressmen may be willing to risk everything on the effort to cripple obamacare. The question is whether real conservatives will be pushed into a shutdown. We will know shortly.

    September 28, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    The house has just ensured that our military will not get paid, these republican nut cases have to go.

    September 28, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Tony

    The American people also don't want linkage between funding government and defunding/delaying Obamacare, but you are not paying attention to that, are you? The American people also don't want linkage between the debt limit and Obamacare, but you are not paying attention to that, are you?

    September 28, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Name

    They are mean spirited and hateful. Vote them out in 2014.

    September 28, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  16. Tabeth

    American People spoke in the last two elections...in a democratic way....the supreme court spoke also...
    that is the democratic voice of America...Never seen such an evil: Tea Party

    September 28, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Tony

    Republicans can only ruin our nation's credit once. After October 17th, what leverage do they have?

    September 28, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  18. Tabeth

    Very shameful indeed

    September 28, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Boehner cannot even negotiate with his own party, but thinks he should negotiate with the president to overturn the election of 2012. We have two republican factions of domestic terrorists in the house, the baggers and the corporate toadies.

    September 28, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    I think this congress is the last we will have the spineless, gutless, party animal (Boehner) as speaker of the house.

    September 28, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Ron L

    MY advice to the President is plain and simple...HOLD FIRM...DO NOT NEGOTIATE AT ALL...This nation can not afford to have ANY PRESIDENT forced to settle budget disagreements outside the regular budget process!!! I KNEW this was going to happen this time, because the President negotiated with them the last time. They viewed this as a WEAKNESS and HE HAS to let them RUIN the credit rating of the country to get them out of this bad habit. As a nation we decided not to negotiate with terrorist, the SAME PRINCIPLE applies here. If he negotiate this time, in 12 months this whole cycle will start up again, it is unhealthy for the world economy not just ours.

    September 28, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  22. jpmichigan

    should be 51% don't like ACA!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Thomas

    This is interfering with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio's golf game.

    September 28, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Doom GOP, doom.

    September 28, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  25. don in albuquerque

    Obamacare is law which you voted for. Get over it!

    September 28, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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