September 30th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
7 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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  1. John

    Folks this is what happens when you did not vote in 2010. You allowed the 27% of the country to elect Tea Party senators for 6 years and House of Representatives for four years. We allowed the white neocons to take control and divide our country. Right now the tail is wagging the Dog.
    Better vote in 2014......every election is important and your vote does count. Wake up.

    September 30, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  2. M Pilgrim

    I find it amazing that the very people who are holding the government and taxpayers hostage, enjoy government taxpayer funded health insurance with excellent benifits, more than anyone can get in the private market. I would love to see Boehner, Cantor and Cruz, explain that one! Oh, yea, Newt, you say stand your ground; well, you held up the budget for 28 days in 1997, did not get anything you wanted, and was fired as Speaker! Hey CNN, why not put this info on the news? Oh, and why doesn't the Speaker have the guts to even handle the gavel during these votes?

    September 30, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    @John 9:07 pm

    Best post of the day!

    September 30, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  4. Tammy Peters

    Federal Government will shut down Resolution
    Impeach Obama and let him take his Obama care, Pelosi, Harry Reid and all the other supporters with him!!! And don’t forget Hillary……..
    When will Obama start listening we don’t support Obama care “stopgap” we don’t support terrorist “Syrian” and we don’t care for Pelosi’s or Harry Reid advice!!!!!! Vote for John Andrew Boehner for President

    September 30, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. PeriSoft

    Failed? Ridiculous! As far as I'm concerned, Republicans are most certainly still revolting.

    September 30, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  6. Adrastus Perkins

    The definition of insanity has been re-written for brevity: It's now "G.O.P."

    September 30, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  7. My10Cents

    The GOP made a huge miscalculation when they decided to embrace the Tea Party for fear that Tea Party wins would have been Republican losses. S, now it looks like not only did the GOP end up losing those seats they have now lost control of their own party. This entire fiasco falls on the shoulders of Boehner. Boehner thought he would be shrewd enough to out maneuver these Tea Party freshmen that put him in the speaker's chair. Even Boehner should have been smart enough to know that you don't make a deal with the devil without the devil getting his due. Too bad that the rest of the country will now have to pay for the GOP and Boehner's short-sightedness and ignorance.

    September 30, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. obawendon

    This whole thing is just plain childish. I didn't realize that WE the TAXPAYOR have to have our tax dollars actually pay these people a salary and healthcare for doing NOTHING. It is RAPE by the very people we elected to represent the greater good. The only people they represent is themselves with Congressional Welfare while the people who actually suffer get to suffer more. Insane, just plain insane!

    September 30, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  9. Marc

    To my fellow moderate Republicans: the article lists the reps who tried to stage the revolt – VOTE FOR THEM!! We cannot let these clowns who want to hijack our party and turn it into the American Taliban. Let's give the Tea Party what they deserve – the boot!

    September 30, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  10. Name

    President and Dem senate did seat down with House to have a solution, instead appear in media claimed on GOP. Please show your leadership Mr. President.

    September 30, 2013 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  11. New West Virginian

    I have personally called all the Congressmen and women and told them to defund Obamacare, because Obamacare MUST be defeated regardless of the cost. We cannot afford to allow Obamacare's implementation and wait for it to fail. That will have already destroyed millions of lives both through the health care system/rationing/death panels directly and through layoffs and economic decline that it will cause. In addition Obamacare will only attract more illegal immigration to the United States and compound those problems exponentially. It is not fair when a hardworking middle class person has to wait months for a knee surgery and have an illegal alien or welfare leech bumped ahead for example. The Democrats redistribution of wealth concerns me greatly. Again Obamacare must be defeated at all costs. If it means a shutdown, then let it come.

    September 30, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  12. steven dahl

    The Republicans in the house and senate asked the Democrats if they are willing to give up their 100% free Medicare health and dental and purchase Obamacare health plans. Not a word from the Democrats.

    September 30, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  13. mabel floyd

    i heard baner say that they just had a short time to fix things so they gov would not shut down. he stated that it was irresponsible of the dem to not work with them for a last min deal.
    i could not believe my ears when i heard that.
    the repubs took off the WHOLE summer for a vacation. now that they are ready they want to have the dems come in and cave to them. as for the repubs, they seem to have the canadian senator as they leader. if they is the they can do they have a mighty thin bench.
    ofcourse the federal emp is once more being used as a whipping boy.
    it is important to remember all this when you head for the voting booth.

    September 30, 2013 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    "We cannot afford to allow Obamacare's implementation and wait for it to fail."

    Government shutdown or not, Obamacare goes into effect tomorrow. Legally, funding cannot be stopped.

    September 30, 2013 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  15. MightyMoo

    '"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."'

    You got that right and you walked right along with them till the last minute, thanks a lot!

    September 30, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. Ed Op

    The funding for Obamacare is in place = do nothing here, Obamacare is funded and goes on but the military is NOT funded unless you DO something. Repulicans can explain how cutting off their own noses helps while Cruz writes the party obituary. That is really two little parties without common interests jammed into one.

    September 30, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  17. Joyce

    The ACA will fail because it's really not affordable for lower income individuals and families. While there is a subsidy for the premiums available, they are not exempt from the deductibles and out-of-pocket limits.

    For the bronze plan, the deductible is $3,000 for individuals. This means the individual has to come up with $3,000 before his/her benefits will kick in.

    How likely is it that a low income earner will be able to come up with a significant amount of money – even $500 for an emergency room visit?

    I doubt ACA supporters have any idea what the true cost is to individuals and families, and are just blindly following the liberal rhetoric.

    September 30, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. Scott

    Another example of poor leadership in Washington. The government budget should have been finalized and pasted by the Fourth of July. Obama Care needs to be simple with about 50 pages of guidelines. The law should have been overturned by the Supreme Court because Congress was derelict it's duty. They passed a law that they didn't know what in it. It is time for new people in congress. All current congress, senators. and the president should resign and go home with a new election of 536 new Congress People and president. Wheres the recall petitions? A grumpy Independent.

    September 30, 2013 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  19. Mia

    It is all such a sad game. All of this over health care for folks? Let's get on with obamacare, work on economic reform/balancing the budget and work together. This is bloody embarrassing.

    September 30, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  20. centgaboy

    Vote Republican? Not if you put a gun to my head!!!!!!

    September 30, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  21. Larry282

    It's so sad that the Republican Party has gone down the tubes and only care about their corporate sponsors and tax cuts. Meanwhile, the rest of us Americans are struggling to survive. Do they care? Hell NO! And likewise, to hell with them.

    September 30, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  22. sly

    Ah, few of us are really knowledgeable about givin' affordable health care to 40 million of our fellow Americans. That is our problem. Our Congress, that we elect every 2 years, listens to us, and often to other interests, and make laws, that are voted on and passed or failed. It's kinda like a Presidential election, y'know, where one guy wins and the other loses.

    Congress proposed, debated, voted, won, affordable health care, for Americans.

    September 30, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  23. jwb

    Sorry to say I'm from Texas with little to no leadership here. Why is George Bush so silent ? I guess he needs to get the go ahead from Cheney and Perry ?

    September 30, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  24. Edwin

    What a world, that I would agree with Representative King - and consider him a moderate, of all things!

    September 30, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  25. independant jim

    the news programs are wondering who runs the House Boehner or Cruz ..That's an easy one CRUZ the Speaker and other republicans are afraid Cruz will send some one after their seat in 2014 .. Cruz works for big Corporate donors and thru him and the Tea Party funding of 2014 elections will go to the republicans that tow the corporate line

    September 30, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
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