September 30th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
12 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. W1zard

    I realize that CNN and MSNBC are liberal territory, but you really have to be low on the smarts department to NOT object to the walking disaster that is ObamaCare. Liberals are the problem. Really folks, there is NO SUCH THING AS A FREE LUNCH.

    September 30, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  2. DKLK

    For all the anti-Obama folks who want to stop him from having another term, a US president is limited to serving for 10 years in office. He or she can only be elected to two full terms according to the 22nd amendment to the US ...Surely you remember that from high school History class. (Unless you didn't graduate, skipped that class, or dropped out of school)

    2008
    2012
    1+1=2

    Sheesh!!

    September 30, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  3. Carl Klauck

    The best answer to our country’s problem is to shut down the congress and the senate put their pay and benefits on hold while the rest of the government keeps running

    Carl Klauck age 76

    September 30, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  4. Kelly deal

    The senate has not passed a budget in three years. In fact
    The last budget Obama submitted was voted down 99-0 . Don't believe me do some research of the facts.

    September 30, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  5. Kelly deal

    You people who want to move to canada go ahead . I wish

    September 30, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  6. Norman Hirsch

    How can we recall these tea party political terrorists and put some adults in their positions.

    September 30, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  7. Larry L

    Really W1zard? It's interesting the Republicans only offer as their version of healthcare reform the provisions of Obamacare that are popular, like not being rejected for pre-existing conditions and no life-time cap on benefits, but they offer nothing to explain how they'd pay for those provisions. Ii's proof they have no ideas. Nothing.

    They follow up the same promises with a proposed ban of federal money being spent on abortions – something that is already illegal and not done anywhere. How much more broken can you get? You don't even know the existing laws?

    September 30, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  8. Sfl_citizen

    Vote the Republicans out of office. They are destroying the USA and should be treated as enemies of state.

    September 30, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  9. Kelly deal

    If Obamacare is so great then it's good enough for congress!

    September 30, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  10. skdowd

    In a game of chicken, the crazies always win.

    September 30, 2013 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  11. kayemann

    Oh, there is something called a free ride. All those who voted for Obummer will get a "free ride" especially with Obama Care. The middle class and top earners will not get a break under Oboma. IThose who haven't worked or wont work now will get free health care. Illegal immigrants have it made right now

    September 30, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. nvwoman

    10% of the House is holdiing the nation hostage?

    September 30, 2013 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  13. GT

    It's plain clear that the Republicans are holding the country as hostage to push their agenda by forcing overturn of existing laws. While at it, they may as well overturn the Civil Rights Act, Women's Right to Vote Act, or better yet overturn Lincoln's Emancipation Act and put all the African Americans back to slaves. etc..........It is time for John Bohner and his cohort to grow up!

    September 30, 2013 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  14. photof1

    As a federal employee, I am held to a performance rating scheme where one of the standards that I am judged against is accountability of results. I propose the following be amended to the constitution: "Members of congress are required to pass budgetary legislation prior to the start of the yearly fiscal cycle. Failure of the congress to pass budgetary legislation will result in the disqualification of every sitting member from seeking re-election. The ban from re-election shall be enforced for one elected term." This will, of course, never be proposed by the congress, so it must be brought forth from the state legislatures. It is time that we take back our country from the oligarchy who feel entitled and, in fact, destined to rule.

    September 30, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  15. Dan

    Peter King is wise

    September 30, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  16. Just A Question

    Why don't people believe lunch is free? That's how this country was built... the land was taken from the Natives and built by the African slaves. If anyone has had a free lunch, its those who benefited from the two aforementioned items.

    September 30, 2013 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Argyle

    The cost of the US Treasury defaulting will be much greater to the US economy than any aspect of Obamacare. GOP terrorists are ideologues who will take the country down because they were unable to repeal Obamacare through legislative processes.

    September 30, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  18. Stewie

    Geez, Republicans are still mad that the American people now have access to affordable health care. Open your eyes and look around the world we are one of the only countries in the world without a national healthcare system, yet we pay more then everyone else. I have experienced health care systems under the social systems in Europe and Asia. I can honestly say I was treated excellently under both systems. The American people have been duped forever to believe that you sacrifice quality for national healthcare which is completely untrue.

    September 30, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  19. Name SuperD

    The Republicans are crazy and racist!

    September 30, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  20. gstlab3

    it is all fun and games until you run out of other peoples money and nobody takes dollars anywhere on Earth because they are worthless due to the Fed continually printing more of them to the tune of 85 billion a month and over a trillion per year for the past how many years without a budget?

    October 1, 2013 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  21. Carl Hudson

    W1zard, are you serious? You tell us there is no such thing as a free lunch when today and every school day millions of students across this land eat free lunches through the Federally funded Title I Program. And then you talk about smarts? Seems you're one who needs an education.

    October 1, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  22. eek

    It's not as if Obama is seeking re-election. He can veto all day long and he's not bluffing. He has very little to lose. So what is the tea party thinking? Usually, the next election cycle brings about a GOP president and they'll be able to mess with the law however they wish. So why are they throwing all their credibility away?

    October 1, 2013 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  23. Kelly deal

    Whatever GT. Obama doesn't enforce the laws we have on the books. You mention laws like they mean something to you but it's ok if Obama rewrites laws . He has already either obstructed laws to be either ignored or changed. The President cannot write or change law which he did with not enforcing immigration or changing Obamacare .This is unconstitutional . He swore to uphold this document. But that's ok with you . You can't have it both ways. Either u stand for the constitution or u don't. You either have principles or u don't. Obama has u fooled. Think . Use your head. Be a leader , not a follower

    October 1, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  24. David

    Photof1, you are brilliant. that would solve everything!

    October 1, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  25. caeser

    What are you Republican's so afraid of if "Obamacare" is the "train wreck"you say it is then let it be implemented and watch the Democrats secumb to the mobs fury.

    October 1, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
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