House Republicans: Senate is running out the clock
September 29th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
5 years ago

House Republicans: Senate is running out the clock

Washington (CNN) – A group of House conservatives gathered Sunday on the Senate side of Capitol Hill to call their Senate colleagues back to work as the government continues to creep toward a government shutdown.

"This is the old football strategy," Rep. Tim Griffin of Arkansas said at the news conference, holding a football. "When you get to where you want to be in a football game, you run out the clock."

"If they really cared whether this government would shut down or not, they would be here instead of saying they'd be back tomorrow afternoon," he added. "At some late hour, they'll pass something and then they'll say 'Oh my gosh, we've run out of time'."

The Republican-controlled House sent back a short-term spending bill in the wee hours of Sunday morning to the Senate with two anti-Obamacare provisions attached: a one-year delay of the federal health care law and a repeal of the medical device tax.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid warned on Saturday the Senate would reject any provision in the bill that chips away at Obamacare, and the White House issued a veto threat as well. But the House passed the bill anyway, and if Congress doesn't reach an agreement by midnight Monday, the government goes into a shutdown.

Democrats argue Republicans are to blame for using a reckless strategy to slash the president's signature health care law through a bill meant to fund the government. Republicans argue their plan keeps the government afloat, and as for the Obamacare maneuver, they say they're simply listening to their constituents.

Reid did not call the Senate back to work on Sunday, and the chamber is set to reconvene at 2 p.m. ET, 10 hours before the deadline.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, joked at the news conference that the group of representatives could make a country album. Instead of "O Brother, Where Art Thou," she said it would be "O Senate Where Art Thou?"

One by one, the Republicans continued to bash the Senate for not working on Sunday, when the House worked late the night before.

"Unlock those doors, I say to Harry Reid, and come out," said Rep. Ann Wagner of Missouri.

Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas lamented that Senate Democrats and the president keep saying "Obamacare is the law, so just forget about it."

Gohmert added that the debt ceiling is also "the law."

"Unless you want that shoved back in your face, then you need to be flexible," he said.

Filed under: Congress • Health care • House • Louie Gohmert • Marsha Blackburn • Senate
soundoff (123 Responses)
  1. Stephen J. Beard

    Poll after poll clearly show that Americans do not want Obamacare. The Republicans are just doing the will of the people. The Liar in Chief should be in prison by now. Can't people see the disaster that our country is becoming?

    September 29, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. dnokc

    I guess Harry had a very important football game to watch today....and brunch tomorrow. My, my, where does the time of day go?

    September 29, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. rs

    Too bad that President Obama is so thick headed that he can not see there are many many reasons to repeal obamacare. How can he possibly think that his "signature Legislation" is any good or a credit to him?
    Ummm, because the law works, prices are down and millions more qualify for insurance. The only thing the GOP has done is lie, lie, lie about the ACA. Look- they blew it. The law is 4 years old. the time to stop it was when it was being voted on. Even with their terrorist tactics- shutting down the government and adding 800,000 to the number of people out of work- the ACA goes on.

    You want stupid? I present you the GOP!

    September 29, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  4. Ron L

    This is NOT about the President being thick headed, unreasonable, or any of the other adjectives I hear being used. THIS is about a President, ANY President being forced to negotiate with the other party on an issue that should be handled during the NORMAL budgetary process. It is WRONG and it is UNHEALTHY for the democratic process. If the debt ceiling is not raise before the dead line we will see the Dow drop 1500 to 3000 points in just a few days!!! And as usual it will take MONTHS before those numbers go back up...what a waste because the Affordable Care Act will still be there as the law of the land.

    September 29, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. Gary

    Yep, it's a football game allright. Thing is, the game ended 3 & 1/2 years ago. Republicans refuse to leave the field. Get over it, you lost and all your fans have gone home.

    September 29, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Concerned citizen

    "a obamination",
    are you in first or second grade?

    September 29, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. courtenay craig

    The House GOP are feckless and obstructionist. You made the threat. here it is. Deal with it.

    September 29, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. sharon

    where is the bill that says unless our elected officials get this taken care of by Monday night, they get 2 weeks notice, and 1 weeks pay. or maybe 2 weeks notice and no pay.

    September 29, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  9. Mary1972

    It will be GOP who will face the music for this debacle come next election. I think in. the Senate and the President should let them dig themselves in.

    September 29, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  10. Crystal Purnell

    They need to stop with all this. This really looks bad. this is really hurting people now. Next time I voting all DEM. GOP only care about the rich. 2016 isnt looking to good for the GOP as well. its no way they can win.

    September 29, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  11. MJW

    These Rethugs are the most ignorant and unlearned politicians that ever served in the US House of Representative. It amuses me that they would chose a Cuban-American to lead them when they are so anti-Castro when this Cruz is exhibiting the same behavior of Castro overthrowing the government of Cuba. What is the Republican Party thinking? I bet if this was a Cuban-American from the Democratic Party acting and talking like Ted Cruz they would chase him out of politics as a Communist. Cruz is a dictator and willing to do anything by any means possible to overthrow the government to get his way. He is hateful and despicable and the loony tunes are following him to their detriment just as they did with that crazy David Koresh from Waco, TX. There has to be something in the water in Tx, that produce crazies like Cruz, Gohmert and Perry. They have such illusion of grandeur and refuse to accept reality. Who was it that said ' too much education cans't make thee mad.' Ted Cruz is a mad man.....look in his face when he is talking is scary. I hope the CIA keep an eye on him.

    September 29, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  12. Jules

    The GOP doesn't care about the 30 million additional people who are no insured who weren't. You don't like the bill you come up with something better to replace it. Oh, right, I forgot, the GOP doesn't come up with ideas, they just say "no, not that." The GOP does not care about people – they are raking in the money from the insurance companies, who by the way would like to see the mandate stay, but the regulations on the insurance companies go away. Birds of a kind – the GOP and the insurance companies that have been abusing consumers for years.

    September 29, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |

    if they didnt want Obamacare, how did they let it become a law in the first place. GOP get over it and work on the next issue. I dont care for the plan but its law which means, it got a chance in the house already. This thing better not mess with my family and i getting out first home this month.

    September 29, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  14. KW

    All credibility is loss... "We will hurt you all, if you don't get rid of this constitutionally enacted law" says the Republicans. Utterly destroyed our country during the 2000-2008 years, and now they refuse to allow government to function. I envision the Democrats taking over the House in 2014, and Hlllary will continue to revive America from its near death experience from 2000-2008...

    September 29, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. ricke1949

    No Obamacare until Congress and the Prez enroll in Obamacare.

    September 29, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  16. nuclear mike

    Get'er done!!! Shut'er down!!!
    The American taxpayers are proud to see the Federal Governemnt on its' knees for once after keeping the average Janes & Joes at the bottom so long by taxing us to death for all the Federal giveaways to the Federal employees!

    September 29, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  17. mdschwers

    Rather than making useless grid iron analogies Congressman Griffin, how about offering an alternative solution rather than simply trying to submarine the entire managed health care program and playing brinksmanship politics?

    September 29, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  18. billythev

    I have read through the anti-health care law blurbs posted so far, and they are not better at describing what they don't like about the bill than Congressional Republicans are. We have heard "repeal and replace" as their position, but where is the legislation? That's how Congress creates legislation, and it works out compromises. Most Americans seem to like the idea of insuring children until they are 26, and the pre-existing conditions piece of the legislation makes the insurance portable. I like the individual mandate piece, because it takes care of the freeloader would think that Republicans would like this. It would also seem that insurance rates under the plan are coming in less expensive than had been hoped, so where, exactly, is the failure in the law? Until the Republicans can point out the flaws and write a bill to fix them, they and Fox News should admit that they have no plan. As to Fox, they have created much of the polarization that currently exists. In the end, Fox may be sowing the seeds to destroy the Republican Party, and I say this as someone who used to trend very Republican in voting. Unfortunately, the party I used to vote for is no more, replaced by social conservatives who don't seem to think about issues.....the modern day "Know Nothing Party."

    September 29, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. coby7016

    Lets face it, Obama wants to destroy GOP, and Tea Party wants to destroy GOP. I guess both are about to reach their goal.

    September 29, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Al-NY,NY

    the GOP is dreaming if they think they alone will NOT bear the huge majority of the blame for this. "Tards are the problem but Tan Man is too chicken to deal with them

    September 29, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  21. obawendon

    I thought blackmail was illegal! Too bad these are our lawmakers who are acting like spoiled children stomping and crying because they are not getting their way. They have failed to compromise. They have failed their districts and they are failures as lawmakers. They are nothing but people who suck their huge paychecks from the tax payers and give nothing for their pay. Talk about welfare!

    September 29, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  22. Thoughfull

    The People scream they want compromise, as that is how the government works. Republicans offer a compromise so just who is not compromising? If the tables were turned I would be the first to blame the GOP but it's not and that is how it is. Instead we see the Democrats wont pass nor negotiate on a bill to fund government and try to blame it on Republicans - o-yea I do get it. It doesn't mater of what is best for the people, best for the country, the Democrats say it is our way or no way - how far from a dictatorship is that anyways? NP, I say no to raising the debt ceiling also, unless that is, everyone agrees to fork over their share of the debt, after all, it is your debt! It time to wake up!

    September 29, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  23. John The Electrician

    Wow, if this works then Roe v Wade, school vouchers, prayer in schools and social security could all be changed the same way.

    September 29, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    And the domestic terrorists aka teatards should be run out of town.
    Walk home. No more free flights, nice lunches nor medical insurance paid for by the same Americans you want to take down!
    bin laden would be proud!

    September 29, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. TM

    Maybe there would be more time if a member of the GOP hadn't put his need for personal media attention before the needs of the country, and hadn't wasted 21 hours of the Senate's time in the name of his own political ambitions and personal vanity.

    September 29, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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