September 30th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
10 months ago

Moderate House Republicans failed to line up votes for separate plan

Updated 7:30 p.m. ET 9/30/13

Washington (CNN) – Moderate House Republicans who wanted to fund the government with no strings attached failed to line up votes against a House GOP plan to renew federal coffers while chipping away at Obamacare.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, and others feverishly made calls to stage what would have been effectively a revolt.

They said they were hoping there were enough GOP members like them who were fed up with the tactics of the leadership that they can find enough votes to defeat the first procedural measure, known as the rule.

That would have prevented the House GOP leadership from even bringing their plan up at all. Because the moderate Republicans failed to generate enough support, the broader GOP bill that includes anti-Obamacare provisions will now go to a final vote.

Given the makeup of the GOP caucus, the House Republican moderates needed 17 Republicans to agree to defy their leadership, and be willing to face what will undoubtedly be the wrath of the conservative grassroots.

"We have people in the conference, I believe, who'd be just as happy to have the government shutdown," King said. "They live in these narrow echochambers. They listen to themselves and their tea party friends. That keeps them going, forgetting that the rest of the country thinks we're crazy."


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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    Isn't the Canadian crazy teatard and new leader of the party going to have a stroke!
    Then proceed rethugs.

    September 30, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. The Elephant in the Room

    This "plan" will have to include a threat to John Boehner that if he refuses to bring the clean CR up for a vote, these MODERATE Republicans will not back him in the next election for Speaker of the House.

    September 30, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Spineless John Boehner is afraid of 40 members of the house. If he was competent, there would not be a shutdown. Grow a pair Boehner, you worthless bum, and let the house vote on a clean resolution.

    September 30, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. plain and simple

    If "moderates" governed all the world's goverments....wouldn't we have a less divided, less extremist driven world? The downside of moderation is what????

    September 30, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  5. Zerubbabel

    If the consequences were not so dire to the future of the USA, this would be comical.

    September 30, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  6. AmyB123

    I didn't realize some close national parks = "dire consequences" LOL. What would be dire consequences would be Obummercare coming to fruition!

    September 30, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Paula Denmon

    I knew there had to be patriots in the Republican party. A few are speaking out now.

    September 30, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Mike

    So...basically...rather than stand by what they believe, they are just going to give in to avoid the shut-down....cool. Weak human beings.

    September 30, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  9. dbarak

    This reminds me of a tantrum a kid might have – "I'm going to break my toy to show YOU!" It's called cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    September 30, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. Rocco

    Defund: SSI for Drug Addicts & Alcoholics. They are using up our Social Security money to fund drug dealers & the Wine & Sprits Industry.
    Stop: Taxing people who don't have kids for schools. Public Schools make kids more Dumb anyway, home school your kids. I am tired of paying for other peoples Pensions when I don't have one. Plus government pension funds get put into Chinese Corporations which take away American jobs. (research it)
    Lower taxes so I can help who I want to, instead of the government handing out my money to addicts that don't want to get help or work

    Help Workers: Only about 50% of the county works and the other 50% supports them. We will come to a point where the Workers cannot keep up any longer supporting other people and soon No One Will Have Anything.

    I would think Whoever votes this Down is either a Teacher, Government employee, Drug Addict or Alcoholic

    September 30, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. enoughistoomuch

    Finally some good news from the Republican party, but why did it take this long for them to show they're not tea party puppets? Too little too late.

    September 30, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. dbarak

    It's like a little kid breaking his own toy to show how upset he is. It's called cutting one's nose off to spite their face.

    September 30, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. anotherGDlefty

    C'mon moderate ladies and gentlemen, step up and do what you were elected to do...govern.
    Country before extreme faction.
    The tea genie won't go back into the bottle quietly, you are going to have to stuff it back in kicking and screaming.

    September 30, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  14. John Rosen

    I believe that the Republicans should stand fast and hold their ground. This standoff is entirely Wolf Blitzers fault along with Harry Reid

    September 30, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  15. rs

    Good. The Sane GOP is trying to marginalize the Crazy GOP.

    September 30, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  16. jj

    men of courage and good sense

    September 30, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. will f

    Traitors, anarchists, nAmerican, how do you describe these conservative traitors; they wan to destroy the country and the planet; idots.

    September 30, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Hillcrester

    I would join others in sending campaign contributions to the 20+ who do defect from the TP-disaster, even though my member is a stalwart Dem.

    September 30, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. Dr Tod Policandriotes

    If they are genuine in what they are doing, great!!! We need to have some common sense discussion rather than bickering.

    September 30, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. JLM

    It is about time somebody does something sane!!! The moderate GOP do understand that Tea Party is offering an untenable proposal. Dems aren't going to overturn the ACA after trying to get it for 70 years anymore than the GOP would agree to raise taxes 20% on the top 1%. Tea Party are ruining the country!

    September 30, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Duane

    No Mike, they are moderate republicans. They do not agree with the strategy the tea party republicans have been attempting. They are finally standing up for what they believe instead of just going along with party leadership. They are the strong ones.

    September 30, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. lean6

    Spells long overdue trouble for that gutless mental midget Boehner as Speaker of the House.

    September 30, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. John The Electrician

    So to stop something that MIGHT damage the economy, they will stop it by doing something that WILL damage the economy.

    September 30, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. TheTraveler

    I hope it happens. It would be nice to see some common sense return to the GOP.

    While their at it, give Reince Priebus, chairman of the RNC, and John Boehner pink slips as well.

    September 30, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. cosmo

    They can not let Obama get his way. Shut her down..

    September 30, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
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