September 29th, 2013
10:15 AM ET
1 year ago

House Republican: Senate is 'playing games'

Washington (CNN) - A high-ranking House Republican blasted Majority Leader Harry Reid for not calling the Senate back to Capitol Hill on Sunday as the government teeters on the edge of a possible shutdown.

The Republican-controlled House tossed another bill back to the Senate around midnight to avert a shutdown but chisel away at Obamacare. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state said Sunday the country's fate now rests in the Senate's hands.

"We were there almost till midnight last night, working on the bill, passing the bill, got even some Democrat support in the House, and yet the Senate won't even come back today," McMorris Rodgers, chair of the House GOP conference, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"They're the ones playing games," she continued. "They need to act. They're the ones that are truly threatening a government shutdown by not being here and acting."

It's a line Republicans have used all week as they've tried to derail the president's signature health care law through a spending bill that must pass by the end of Monday, the last day of the fiscal year. Fueled by conservative members in the House, Republicans argue they're passing legislation that keeps the government afloat and that it's the Democrats who are refusing to act.

Pointing the finger back, Democrats say they're not budging because Republicans are attaching legislation against Obamacare that has no chance of going anywhere in the Senate or being signed by President Barack Obama. On Saturday, Republicans added two amendments that would delay Obamacare for a year and repeal its tax on medical devices.

Reid made it abundantly clear Saturday that the revised bill would go nowhere in the upper chamber, declaring that "the American people will not be extorted by tea party anarchists."

In addition, Obama has already issued a veto threat.

Pressed Sunday by CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on whether Republicans are prepared to accept blame for a government shutdown, McMorris Rodgers continued to argue the Senate will ultimately be held responsible.

She said the "American people are panicked" and the "wheels are falling off" in the Obamacare rollout, which begins Tuesday, when people can start to enroll for health insurance through the exchanges. She pointed to instances when the Obama administration has had to delay certain provisions of the law, including the employer mandate for large businesses and the small-business online enrollment.

"The Senate needs to act. They should act quickly. They should be in today. This is unacceptable that Sen. Harry Reid said 'We're not even going to come back today,'" she said.

– CNN's Jason Seher contributed to this report.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    She isn't the best spokesperson for the GOP to send out on national T.V. I get that the RNC wants her to appeal to women, but frankly she's as big a problem as any other where the GOP are concerned. Isn't she herself one of the many in the House of Representatives who have been collecting a mighty hefty paycheck for doing absolutely nothing?

    September 29, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. txtruth

    Give us a break! The House refused to give an up or down vote on the bill the Senate passed- and she has the audacity to suggest the SENATE is playing games! The whole world knows the Republicans in the House own the shutdown!

    September 29, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  3. goodie2shoes

    harry reid says he will not come back sunday; it would be better for the country if he never came back.

    September 29, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  4. Tony

    Republicans strap Obamacare onto a bill to fund the government, then tell Democrats: you do what we want, or the government gets it. If this does not work, Republicans will strap Obamacare onto a bill to raise the debt limit, then tell Democrats: you do what we want, or the nation's credit (and the economy) gets it.

    Al Qaeda would approve.

    September 29, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  5. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Obama, and the senate will not give in even a little. that says alot about Obama's leadership. we should have never let the shut down get this close.It's time we Republicans take a stand.

    September 29, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    Pot meet kettle. You people have a lot of nerve, you have been doing nothing but playing games for the past 5 years. You keep pretending like you have the upper hand, like your candidate won the Presidency, but he did not. The POTUS ran and WON on the ACA, the SC upheld it as a law, yet you try to repeal it 40 times. You all should be brought on charges of treason. You're no better than Al Quada(sp).

    September 29, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Dallas

    Stand your ground, Mr. President against these useless tea bag obstructionists. You are on the right side of history and hopefully next year these leaches will be in the ash heap of history.

    September 29, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Marie MD

    The house is playing games, delay, defund and try to repeal for the 42nd time a law that helps Americans with no insurance, pre existing conditions, donut hole for seniors and no ceiling on spending for catastrophic illnesses. Their new order of business keep women from contraceptions so that when they become pregnant they can't valet the baby in case of oops, rape, incest or the immaculate conception.
    Now they realize that our military should get paid (they deserve it) versus congress teatards that deserve to be thrown out of their cushy tax paid insurance job and put in jail. Better yet, take away all the perks of the job and see if they even want to work OT, like the teatards do.
    I tape meet the press this morning because listening and, woes yet, watching the face of theCanadian makes me puke so early in the morning.

    September 29, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Keep Fear ALive

    I asked a question yesterday that nobody seems comfortable asking.. and that simply is ..... please name the last WHITE president that had to go through these REPUBLICAN (or Democratic ) man-made economic catastrophies .... it's interesting that repuboicans are INCAPABLE of writing legislation unless it's carving someone out of the American experience...

    September 29, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    The house bill removes any chance for 40 million uninsured people to get health care. Along with cutting food stamps, giving more money to the rich, eliminating insurance for those with preconditions, and a host of republican dreams that Mittens run on, we know it is the GOP who is shutting down the government. Hell, repubs have been promising to do just that for months.

    September 29, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    It is a shame that Rodgers lives in a safe gerrymandered district.

    September 29, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. vic , nashville ,tn

    Who initiate this game ?

    September 29, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. jpmichigan

    The Medicaid increases have already passed in some states, those states will receive federal money to insure the most need.

    September 29, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. rs

    Well, let's be honest. The GOP has no coherent policy; "negotiations" with them don't matter (they change their minds or their positions); they have been spoiling for the shutdown for months; this fulfills more of their anti-government, anti-American meme (like continuing their corporate socialism, punishing the poor and elderly, and "proving" government doesn't work well when you de-fund it), in other words, all the GOP has is games.

    So, they'll play their hand, get crushed in the next election and conduct another "autopsy". The body will be a lot smaller by then.

    September 29, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  15. the hippies were right

    Only the ignorant will believe the Senate or democrats will be responsible for a shutdown. The last time I checked, Obama won the last election. The ignorant are outnumbered by the intelligent. Sorry republicans, you will lose this one.

    September 29, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  16. Dori

    WOW. This nonsense is the very definition of "chutzpah." Rep. Rodgers really is deluded.

    September 29, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Historian

    Ok–everybody take a breath. Repubs–please stop using personal insults in any post that doesn't agree with you–everyone knows you hate the health care plan. Dems- there should be compromise to consider if a reasonable one is brought up. That being said, the word reasonable is the important part. My suggestion-consider delaying for a year if the gov is fully funded for the entire FY if the Repubs leave it at that, and consider the immigration bill as well. That way, everybody gets something. Anything else, someone loses something. Because I one of those workers you are about to affect–and I earn my keep folks, I would like to pay my mortgage and keep my son in college. Most government workers are normal people, not freeloaders or deadbeats. So, turn down the decibel, watch some football, and keep the gov open. Thank you for reading.

    September 29, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Tell the incompetent GOP teaparty bafoons to screw!!!!! They don't speak for the majority of Americans and you LOST the last election in case you forgot and if you want to see a train wreck you will have one for the GOP in 2014 when you will LOSE the house, idiots

    September 29, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. wendel

    just plain sick of the republican party .Everyone I saw on TV today was spouting nonsense about the affordable care act. Are they really so stupid or just no informed or just plain liers?

    September 29, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  20. Joan

    What if the Senate had sent back a bill to the House with amendments to demand universal background checks on all gun sales and to prevent the sale of military style guns? What would the Republicans have done? Had a fit, said it was blackmail and voted it downl. Well that is exactly what they have been doing. It was stupid and naïve to attach the President's health care bill to the budget. It was dead in the water from the beginning and only inexperienced politicians on the right knew that.

    September 29, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  21. Thomas

    The House said they would deal with this when they came back from vacation ,

    Where did they go on vacation , the Cayman Islands ?

    September 29, 2013 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  22. Anonymous

    @Historian:

    "..Consider delaying for a year if the govt is fully funded........................"

    I'm afraid that would not be compromise, that would open the door for Republicans to have more time to repeal
    the law. That is what they are fighting for. They think if they can throw enough sand in the eyes of the
    voters, and lie their way to a possible takeover of the Senate and Presidency, then they have the road to
    repeal. The ACA is law. Period.
    "If the Repubs leave it at that and consider the immigration bill"........................
    It's nice to talk compromise, but the Teapublicans cannot be trusted and they won't "leave it at that".
    We have 18% of Congress running the Republican party, and they will not stop until they fade out or
    are voted out. Either one works for me.

    September 29, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    @Marie MD:

    Sorry, I watched meet the press, and you will still get sick no matter what time of day you watch this guy Cruz.

    September 29, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    @Keep fear alive.
    I have been asking the same question for years. No one can give me a real answer. They claim other POTUS's have had their birth certificates questioned. That's a bare faced lie especially since they never give examples. The fact is the rich, white males that run the GOP don't think ANY minority should be POTUS. Especially not one with brown skin, even if he did come out of a white woman. They want the status quo.

    September 29, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    I couldn't even watch MTP as soon as I saw the Canadian born Cruz I turned the channel.

    September 29, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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