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."
Note to Dent et al: Take your party back.
It would be good if the adults within the GOP, the few that are left, re-take their party from the crazy tea party fringe that is holding the nation hostage with their scorched earth tactics in which they would rather blow everything when they don't get their way.
If moderate sensible conservatives take back the GOP, I might consider voting Republican again. I'm a grassroots moderate, like many others. I've been voting straight Democratic ever since the invasion of Iraq, not because the Democrats are liberal but because they're closer to moderation than the crazy right-wing extremists who have usurped the name "conservative".
People are calling the moderates RINOs....which is weird, because that's exactly what the ultra right wing, the teaparty, and the GOP leadership are. Republicans in name only.
If he loses the vote on this Boehner is history!
The "Dire shutdown" that they are talking about doesn't even stop paychecks for the congress. Obama are is more taxes for the American people where one day you will receive a statement that the program is running out of money (like social security, Medicare/Medicaid) because politicians used it for their pork legislations.
We have moderates in the elected positions? Note the small number of them – moderates mean reasonable people whil ethe left and right wingers are total nut jobs
Lincoln was moderate and look what he accomplished. The Republicans really need to attend to representing all Americans.
As I see it, Rocco has it right.
Obummer is still buying votes from the welfare class with my middle class taxes.
I am a single, straight, white male with a job, an education (paid for my self), a couple of bucks in the bank (earned by myself) and am tired of the liberal agenda that oppresses my brethren!
I wish them well!
Very silly of these three. Congress authorizes funding. Funding for war, funding for education, funding for Obamacare. If Obamacare is so bad that Congress, Senate and White House folks don't want it, the unions don't want it, why is it being shoved to us, the masses?
These RINOs should be held accountable for their actions.
Surprise, surprise. There are SOME sensible Republicans after all. Let's just hope they can get the votes. The American public is sick and tired of their childish behavior.
@ Boyd. I don't think Obamacare should be funded until there are no exemptions to it. So, it's good enough for us stupid grunts but not for the 1% who will have 75% subsidized healthcare on $170,000 salaries? So, we pay for our own mandated healthcare AND theirs? How is this something that people really want to pass? I'm not a political analyst by any means but this just doesn't make sense to me...
These anarchists have to be stopped or there is no telling what they will do next. Ted Cruz is bad but John Boehner is worst because he cannot stand up for what is right. He is willing to damage the entire US economy than stand up to the 40 or so anarchist in his caucus because he wants to keep his position as Speaker, he fails to see the emperor is without clothes. He has been in Congress and knows the rules....these teatards/anarchists are new to Congress and want to force Congress to adopt their way. COWARDS!!!!!!!!!
Oh my gosh there are some people left in Washington with common sense. Stop playing games, run this country. You go moderates!
The weaklings never can run with the big dogs...I say shut er down...it's way to costly on my checkbook anyway...and Obamacare? That's a price tag I can't afford even at the bronze level. The Dems don't have the solution, The GOP does not have the solution...so shut the whole damn thing down until something plausible makes horse sense. What I mean is you all on capital hill have to learn how to play together nicely or else it's a time out.
Ronnie Raygun would have told Boehner, Cruz and their ilk to sit down and shut up. Reagan raised the debt limit 18 times. Look it up.
I don't mind have parties in opposition, I DO mind having one party simply refuse to play unless we play by their ridiculous rules.
The extremist GoP should take notice, many are watching, we ARE active in politics. Don't think this will go unnoticed!
Thank God some member of Congress still understand courage and honor
The Democrats dream come true, Republicans working to revolt in the US House of Representatvies
Where are the moderate Republicans ? Take back your party and get to work on solving the problems of our country. People like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have no place in American politics. These tea party fools can not be allowed to ruin our country.
I think the "toothless} TEA party is in trouble now !!! Let's agree on something !!
Good to see that there are some stand-up patriots left in the GOP.
To THEIR campaign, I would donate.
It's about time!