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. logic rules

    tea party just screwed themselves.... being selfish, arrogant and ignorant is quite s platform

    October 1, 2013 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  2. Anonymous

    So the last time this happened was under Clinton?

    So....the Republicans always do this when they don't have the Presidency? Sour grapes politics. Childish.
    here in England we think it looks embarrasing and weak. you've got so many enemies abroad you really need to have a unified front rather than creating problems at home.

    October 1, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  3. a obamintion

    obama in tears over having to pay for his own vacations and celebrity parties!!!

    October 1, 2013 05:42 am at 5:42 am |
  4. Brad

    "They listen to themselves and their tea party friends. That keeps them going, forgetting that the rest of the country thinks we're crazy."

    Agreed!

    October 1, 2013 05:45 am at 5:45 am |
  5. Rhonda Rahn

    The Tea Party GOP have made America a laughing stock to the world with their circus act. They truly are "whack jobs." Let's vote the Republcans OUT of the House in 2014 and stop the ruination of America by the GOP. They are blamed for the shutdown because they ARE to blame.And why should my taxpayer dollars go for the salary of Ted Cruz, who uses his "paid" time for such wasteful activities as reading Dr. Seuss.

    October 1, 2013 05:58 am at 5:58 am |
  6. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Now the Guns Over People tea potty will get right to work downgrading America's credit rating AGAIN. Watch them.

    October 1, 2013 06:00 am at 6:00 am |
  7. Shan

    GOP sucks
    Horrible horrible horrible monsters. Most of them get elected by very poor social conservatives from South and many of then get freebies

    I beg and urge the democrats to work smarter harder and longer to win the houses which are occupied by GOP in BLUE states
    Volunteers should and must go to these electorates and start campaigning from now onwards
    The Far right wing thugs in Blue states should get pink slips in 2014

    October 1, 2013 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  8. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The second downgrade of America's credit rating coming soon from the GOP.

    October 1, 2013 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  9. Robert MacGobhainn

    Republicans are acting like a spoiled child that didn't get its way ever since they were defeated and Obama was put into office. EVER since then anything the Dems have proposed the republicans have shot down even if it was a good idea. They need to be replaced with people who are going to do what is good for the country and not their egos. I think the American people see how idiotic and irresponsible they are. We need to put an end to this dangerous game NOW!

    October 1, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  10. Jerry

    I am NOT a Republican, but it's about time the Republicans REALLY stood up to Dictator Obama and his minions. HE is supposed to be the leader of América (HE has failed at that) and he shirked his duty just because HE and HIS ignoramuses want to be King Bullies of the nation.

    I personally did not want the nation to shut down. However, possibly some good will come of this.Maybe, just maybe, instead of trying to negotiate with rogue nations, América's clueless leader will start negotiating with HIS Republican counter parts. Lets NOT hold our collective breath, though!

    Stay tuned...

    October 1, 2013 06:35 am at 6:35 am |
  11. Keystone1

    Moderate Republican is an oxymoron.

    October 1, 2013 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  12. DERASA

    GOP will remember next election not to mess with shutdown again....

    October 1, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  13. Maripil

    Tea party wackos are holding the country hostage by shutting down the government! They want to outlaw the affordable care act upheld by the Supreme Court!!!

    October 1, 2013 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  14. Observer

    This is pathetic, America

    October 1, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  15. Mookie

    What in the world is the matter with you Republicans? If you don't like it here & all you want to do is create chaos, why don't you go to Syria or Afghanistan or Iran! You are no better than our enemies by damaging our economy & making life worse for a lot of hard-working Americans! You lost the last presidential election.....get over it! Obamacare will help many people. I had cancer the one time in my life that I couldn't afford health insurance. It pretty much ruined me financially & I probably won't be able to retire until I'm 70! I’m sure there are thousands of other Americans in the same boat! I know YOU don't have to worry about such things, but a great many Americans do! So stop trying to block Obamacare.......you're just afraid that people will actually like it! May God forgive you for what you are doing because a lot of Americans will not forgive or forget!

    October 1, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  16. abnguy

    How long would the government have to be shut down until we make a dent in the "budget"? Each year when we get to our limit of what we take in by revenue is expended the government should shut down until the next funding year.

    October 1, 2013 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  17. Really?

    So Republicans wants the same waiver given to Big Businesses/Employers/1%-ers by this Obama Admin, to be given to the individuals/99%-ers, and Democrats shut the govt down for that?
    Ask yourselves this all you that are blaming republicans.
    Rebubs, sign on to everything else the Dems wants. The individual tax/mandate kicked in today. You the 99%-ers have to pay. U will not get a subsidy unless u r dirt poor. BUT, corporations/1%-ers don't have to do a thing. Congress gets a subsidy even though they are not dirt poor. Republicans are saying lets give the 99%ers the same that was given to the 1%-ers. Obama and the Dems say no. Who here is really looking out u?

    October 1, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  18. move_on

    Time for a 3rd party to rise into the mix. We need some counter balance to this nonsense. I cannot think of better conditions for American voters to consider an alternative than now.

    October 1, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  19. lmh11

    Let's get this straight. The Democrats have wanted this shutdown for a long time. They fell that since the press in in their pocket that the Republicans will be held responsible. This shows Obamas failure to lead. He will negotiate with Iran but not Republicans. He played golf on Saturday while Reid and Co. took a long weekend off returning Monday at 2:00 pm. Does this sound like they were even remotely interested in working things out. Luckily for Republicans most of America no longer listens to MSM and we know who was ready to compromise and who just wanted to make sure they got their subsidies and waivers while stuffing Obamacare down our throats. Keep it up Republicans. Years from now all anyone will remember is Obama's shutdown.

    October 1, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  20. Really?

    Lets also not forget that Dems controls 2/3rds of the Govt. This is once again a failure of leadership just like Syria. I don't think it is unreasonable to ask that Obama Admin give the same beneftis/waivers to the individuals(99%-ers) that he gave the 1%ers for 1 yr only. That is all the Repubs are asking. This is the fault of the American people for putting back the same people in DC. U deserve the govt u voted for. 1st Fast & Furious, Benghazi, NSA, IRS, Syria now this. Dems have shown to be incompetent every step of the way.

    October 1, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  21. Uh-Clem

    I want to know how we all have become hostages to these wackos who have no other concerns but their own selfish world? Maybe it's because we have elected representatives that do not understand that the job would be really hard work and sometimes require courage? This radical fringe group of ultra-conservatives has uncovered the real weakness in our country, timid Representatives who bow to the schoolyard bullies! John Boehner may be a good man, but definitely the worst Leader of the House in history. Maybe that is why he was put there?

    October 1, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  22. Alex

    Oh the Government is shut down. What are we to do? It is the end of the world as we know it! Now that's been said I am going to work. The government has shut down before and it will again and you know what? The country will survive just like it did all those other times. Despite what the professional bloggers and the politicians say.

    October 1, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  23. Daniel Kerr

    So ... according to our RINO's ... ALL the founding father's would have had to do is to tell King George they are unhappy with his form of governing and that would have made their point? REALLY???

    Stand firm against the antics of Reid and OBama. Keep sending them bill to stop this crazy thing and make those who were ELECTED (NOT appointed) live by the same rules as the rest of us sheep.

    October 1, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  24. rbnlegend

    The ACA is not a bill, it's a law. This isn't about the ACA, this is about passing a bill to fund the federal government. This is also not about reducing spending, spending happens when congress passes bills that cost money to implement. This is not about the debt ceiling, the debt ceiling only impacts our ability to pay the bills for loans, goods, and services we have already received. This is only a crisis because not doing it has a serious negative impact, and the republicans think that negative impact gives them leverage to re-legislate a law that was decided years ago.

    October 1, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  25. jsmoulder

    To bad Democrats can't negotiate, the Republicans tried several times this is on the Senate and the president.

    October 1, 2013 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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