House Republicans: Senate is running out the clock
September 29th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
7 months 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. alex

    The republicans aren't doing their job and they should all be fired. All they had to do was pass a cr and they can't even do that unless there's pain and uncertainty for the American people attached. This is just a political stunt at the expense of the American people. If they were serious about leading this country a clean cr could have been passed by now and we wouldn't have all this drama.

    September 29, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  2. Thom

    Get ready house.....you're gonna get the ball back....in overtime.

    September 29, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. Maltytasker

    More like the clock is running out on the GOP.

    September 29, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  4. Thom

    The ACA is actually a pretty good law........and it's not like they can't make changes to it down the line if needed. It was a huge success in Mass as Romneycare, and in the biggest state of CA, it is already cutting cost and having great reviews and working exceptionally well.

    September 29, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. Larry in Houston

    to be perfectly honest – I think Obama is going to fold – he's done it before – he shouldn't, but he will. I guess the bonehead & company has tightened the wheel on the Vise they got on Obama's head. Too bad. Problem is : there has never been so much hate for ANY POTUS, than there is for this one, for some odd / unknown / reason or another.

    September 29, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  6. Skarphace

    Enough is enough. Obama needs to invoke the 14th Amendment and abolish the debt ceiling for all time. Make it so that Congress has to have these arguments during budget debates, where they belong. If Congress cannot get laws repealed through the normal process, then these laws will stand.

    Do not negotiate with terrorists. Take away their ammo. Abolish the debt ceiling.

    September 29, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. Skarphace

    It is kind of ironic that Republicans are complaining that the Senate is running the clock when their own hero, Ted Cruz, wasted an entire day of debate so that he could read nursery rhymes.

    September 29, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  8. Skarphace

    Ray Bown: "I think what the House sent over was a reasonable compromise."

    Really? So you think a one year delay would stop the Republicans from using that same exact tactic a year from now? Or taking it even one step further and demanding that another law they disagree with, such as SSI or Medicare, be defunded 10 weeks from now when we run into the debt ceiling again?

    Wrong. You do not give terrorists what they want or they will demand it again and again and again and again.

    September 29, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  9. Modocer

    Shut it down, Obama. Blame the Republicans, who will blame you and the Dem's. The beat goes on. Until Americans wake up and realize that we are being played by our political parties, the B.S. will continue; and, it is not one party doing it to us...its both of them, and the President, as well.

    September 29, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  10. Bman

    It is amazing to me that all you people just want to blame one side or the other for this situation. What you're missing is the critical issue that must be dealt with, either right now or by our children and grandchildren – The county is broke, as in it has no money to continue spending and must get it under control. Most of you appear to have missed the point that Obama simply wants the debt ceiling raised so more spending can continue. He is not trying to solve the real problem or fix what is already broken, regardless of who you want to blame for it. It is real and just like you and I, the government cannot continue to spend more than it has. Borrowing more from China is not an answer!

    September 29, 2013 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  11. Rick

    As Dirty Harry would say to the Republicans, "go ahead, make my day". As you can probably already see by the comments here,the ones you'll be hurting the most is yourselves.

    September 29, 2013 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  12. jleoxii13

    The republicans will lose the war over this. But they already see the headlines. If they persist, then we would be fools to re-elect them.

    September 29, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  13. rosspest

    When the GOP finally realizes this battle is finally lost, they offer a compromise?
    They should have compromised 6 months ago, and offered the Democrats something in return. Like for a year delay and in return they stop opposing Obamacare and work with the Senate to amend it, and pass Senate bills on Immigration reform.
    This isn't a compromise, it's holding a gun to our Federal government, the desperate act of a criminal GOP.
    NO to this "so called" compromise, we have WON the battle, and if the GOP wants to do what Al Quada only dreams of doing, that is on them.

    September 29, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  14. jleoxii13

    The headlines have announced that "The republicans have pushed the government closer to a shutdown". The republicans will lose the war of public opinion. If they persist...it's time for them to be voted out. And they will be.

    September 29, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  15. Sam Caudle

    I'm glad Obama is more mature than I. If I were President, I would give an executive order that the entire congressional complex be SHUT DOWN: no electricity, no paper, no sewer, no telecommunications. Also, I would shut down the treasuary department. If our soldiers don't get paid: NO ONE gets paid.

    Congress would have to met on the lawn...and have pay for their own taxi to get there.

    They want to play hardball...let's play hardball.

    September 29, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  16. Sam Caudle

    I'm glad Obama is more mature than I. If I were President, I would give an executive order that the entire congressional complex be SHUT DOWN: no electricity, no water, no sewer, no telecommunications. Also, I would shut down the treasury department. If our soldiers don't get paid: NO ONE gets paid.
    Congress would have to met on the lawn...and have pay for their own taxi to get there.
    They want to play hardball...let's play hardball.

    September 29, 2013 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  17. Skarphace

    brnfream: "The democrats will follow Obama blindly and possibly shut down the federal government, for what reason?"

    Here is the reason: if Congress cannot get a law repealed through the normal process, then that law stands. If we allow Republicans to set a precedent and repeal a law by threatening to shut down the government, then many, many laws will be repealed this way. If a tactic works, it will be used again, by both parties.

    Do you really want laws to be repealed through this process? If so, then you agree with 16% of Americans. The vast majority of us disagree with you.

    September 29, 2013 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  18. Baffled00

    Article 1 of the constitution, the congress will decide on the bill and then it will go to the senate. Why did it take until the end of September to get this done? OH, wait, they had a very nice long vacation over the summer. And seeing how nothing is being de-funded, and the government has already said it is not read with all the parts that need to be in place for ACA, and the president (acting outside of the constitution) has already delayed part of the bill, where lies the problem? Prudence and patience used to be counted as virtues. If this law is to go into effect properly, let it be set up properly first. Or the government (all, not just democrats or republicans) will end up with egg on their face. Is this one year delay truly that big of a deal?

    September 29, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  19. Yankee Doodle

    :) You all better HOPE, since you're all Godless and don't pray, that the Republicans can stop Obama Care, or you all will all be subject to invasions of privacy and a loss of financial security you couldn't have imagined.

    September 29, 2013 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  20. America1st

    Seriously Boehner, you'd rather crash the entire economy over a politically insolvent piece of gamesmanship? Time to turn in your gavel. YOU are the weakest link. If someone can't put a leash on the tea slag anarchists, give it back to the Democrats.

    September 29, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. Anthony in California

    "a obamintion
    congress needs to hold off on a budget until obama is replaced with a president!....."

    Im pretty sure Hillary is not going to repeal the AHCA once she is in office. Any other bright ideas?

    The Democrats could always add extremely strict gun legislature to the bill and see how willing the Republicans are to play ball...

    September 29, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  22. Bert974

    The Government would like to believe that all citizens can easily be fooled about the details of Amerikan foreign policy manoeuvres. Any person criticising or even guessing at their war crimes must have something wrong with them either physical or psychiatric. So they will be secretly accessing the medical records of the many critics found by 24-hour fishing expeditions through the total internet traffic of everyone in the country. Some medical, especially psychiatric, factor will then be identified as the real reason the patient has a negative opinion of the government. They can't possibly have some legitimate excuse for criticising the Amerikan government. Amerika is the best country. After a lifetime of patriotic propaganda, the average person is supposedly not capable of independent thought. Knowing that a few people out there are going to be suspicious, Bushama wants to manoeuvre the Republicans into going against the new healcare insurance boondoggle, so the would-be protestors can be fooled into thinking there is some kind of opposition in Government City who sides with them. I believe that to be untrue.

    September 29, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  23. America1st

    Crazy anarchists bee hiving in their gerry-mandered districts. It's time for a Constitutional change. Write it so the most votes, for whatever party, gets the proportion in the House. No more of this crazy, lose the state but get all the zanies running around thinking they represent america. THEY DON'T.

    September 29, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  24. America1st

    The Senate passed the budget. Now you're not even happy with that!!!! Crazy House. Time to turn the gavel over to someone else. Republicans simply can no longer govern.

    September 29, 2013 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  25. Person

    "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." That argument is not materially different from the abusive spouse who says "If you really cared whether or not I was hitting you, you'd be here doing everything I tell you to do."

    September 29, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
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