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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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Note to Dent et al: Take your party back.

    September 30, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. Argyle

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  3. JoJo

    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".

    September 30, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  4. Ben

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  5. JohnBlackadder

    If he loses the vote on this Boehner is history!

    September 30, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. Jose

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  7. tc

    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

    September 30, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Bill

    Lincoln was moderate and look what he accomplished. The Republicans really need to attend to representing all Americans.

    September 30, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Mikey

    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!

    September 30, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Ric in NYC

    I wish them well!

    September 30, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Josh Scott

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  12. Luis Wu

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Mike

    @ 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...

    September 30, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. MJW

    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!!!!!!!!!

    September 30, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  15. chris

    Oh my gosh there are some people left in Washington with common sense. Stop playing games, run this country. You go moderates!

    September 30, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  16. Wascally Wepubwicans

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  17. PikeRover

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  18. Fred Evil

    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!

    September 30, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Thank God some member of Congress still understand courage and honor

    September 30, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. Michael Benjamin

    The Democrats dream come true, Republicans working to revolt in the US House of Representatvies

    September 30, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  21. luke,az

    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.

    September 30, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. JP

    I think the "toothless} TEA party is in trouble now !!! Let's agree on something !!

    September 30, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  23. txan

    Good to see that there are some stand-up patriots left in the GOP.

    September 30, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Bolaji

    To THEIR campaign, I would donate.

    September 30, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  25. daveinpalmsprings

    It's about time!

    September 30, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
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