September 30th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
11 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. Michael

    Take a fragile economy and shut down the government. Not very smart. This will echo in the minds of voters for the next ten years.

    September 30, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Nathan

    Revolt failed, 225-204 according to the live blog from CNN, so it'll go to the Senate, where it'll likely be shot down and another late night showdown for Congress.

    September 30, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They say they are hoping there are enough GOP members like them who are fed up with the tactics of the leadership that they can find enough votes to defeat the first procedural measure, known as the rule."

    As someone else has already pointed out, the Hastert (sp?) rule is a self made Republican rule, not a congressional law. But, hey. I support each and every one of the moderate republicans who are at least trying to be adults on the soapbox they consistently find themselves being dragged onto by the TeaParty.

    September 30, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  4. tinner

    How is this a Republican revolt? They have been at work all weekend while the dems were gone, Americans are getting screwed again. Why is it good for the public and not for congress and Unions? The law should be be for everyone. This law is absolutely no good.

    September 30, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. JW

    This is great news...finally our parties are evolving beyond the entrenched mirages of hypocritical ideologies they stand for now (Democrats and Republicans).

    Unfortunately the revolt failed, but the fact that congress is revolting against each other is a sign that they're listening to all of us who are fet up with Congress' inability to act upon anything.

    September 30, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. jammoss

    they should just vote to impeach the president so we will not have to go thru all this crap no one in this world want to be forced to do anything .This is America a free world we want to stay free which means bump Obamacare that is a type of enslavement we the people should just deny this law it should not even be why should we be forced to do something we don't even agree with it is a load of b.s and it needs to stop right now!

    September 30, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  7. Don

    CNN has found some rumors that Republicans are wavering. What about the Democrats and stupid Obama? They are doing Nothing. They don't care if the economy goes in the gutter and the dollar loses value because we cannot hold down spending.

    September 30, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  8. Crystal

    Yes finally, this is getting ridiculous. If the senate republicans, which I suspect are more establishment then tea party, can vote and pass laws without so much opposition then the house should be able to.

    September 30, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. kim

    Both parties have their imperfections. We need to create jobs and we need to get out of this black hole of debt. As long as we are giving all our money to China, we will never thrive as a country. We will only continue to decline. Cut the spending!

    September 30, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  10. 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 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  11. Moderate Republican

    A revolt? Please moderates, do not do this. Better to stand your ground against, than to fragment the GOP. This will send the GOP back even further than the current dismal situation. It might seem like a good idea now, but a week, a month from now it will be seen as a massive disaster and shortsighted.

    September 30, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  12. Common Sense...getting there

    As a generally moderate conservative, I applaud this move. Stop letting the fringe lunatics of both sides of the isle dictate the pace. There are more moderates than right/left wing nuts and it's time we speak up.

    September 30, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  13. Tom

    If the "moderate" republicans are successful, I think they will find themselves fighting for their political lives in 2014. Face it, just as the Democrat party is becoming more left, so too will the Republican party move farther to the right. This country is becoming more polarized every day. The harder the Democrats push and move the left, the harder the Republicans will move to the right. It's simple cause and effect.

    September 30, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  14. DavidR

    Obama said it would irresponsible for House Republicans to shut down the government but I guess he forgot, as he always does, it was his party who passed a bill without reading it, which is the reason we are in this mess in the first place. According to CNN and independent polls, more than half the country wants this law repealed so if more than half the country can elect a candidate, why can't more than half the country have the law repealed? Obama wants the uninformed to help him drive his socialism policies so they will be dependent on him for hand-outs and a free ride at the expense of the working class. We need to wake everyone up to the destruction Osama Bin Barack is bringing to this country by dividing us and forcing people to take sides that he created.

    September 30, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. z2cents

    I am another moderate republican temporarily parking myself with the dems until the leaders decide to take the party back...or even form a 3rd party.

    September 30, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Grumpymedic

    Personally, I want the shutdown to happen. It will be the undoing if the Teabagger-led GOP.

    September 30, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. Kevin

    this is the most exciting thing I've read in a long time – go moderate republicans!

    September 30, 2013 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  18. Castro

    You cant vote out GOP "tea party" backed members just the same way you cant vote out any the members of Democrat "black caucus." Why? Because tea party members represent districts that will unlikely vote Democrat and black caucus members who represent districts NEVER vote Republican. Welcome to the TWO USA!!!

    September 30, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  19. John / New York

    Thank god there are still some sane individuals in the Republican Party. Hopefully these courageous republican congressmen can end this nightmare before it goes any further. Let the full congress vote on the clean resolution and stop John boehner from using the hassert rule to deny democrats a vote in the House . If this is a democracy, than let the full house vote on the resolution mr. Boehner, not just your tea party friends.

    September 30, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. Nathan

    @DavidR, yes, the Democratic party passed a law that was debated for over a year without reading it. They all just assumed they knew the general gist of a $1 billion bill. And this socialist programs (it is socialist, hard to deny that) will likely bring down healthcare (such as hospital visits) costs, because hospitals lose a lot of money on people who default on hospital bills. That's why there can be bills for a couple Tylenol that are over $500. Also, combining Obama and Osama bin Laden together substantially helps your credibility. Makes it easier to weed out the uninformed comments.

    September 30, 2013 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Sandy

    Sounds like the People have voted in a bunch of losers to the House of Representatives. Remember the shutdown when the election comes around. Vote these people out of office!

    September 30, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. joe

    i used to be a card carrying republican but having watched the antics of the GOP over the past few years i have finally decided to burn my GOP card. i vow to never ever vote republican again. the current party is way to extreme and full of selfish crybabies. the GOP always pretends to worry about the deficit when they are not in the white house. once they get elected they run up the debt and claim deficits don't matter. now, they are on their self righteous high horse claiming they have to save the country from the runaway spending but defaulting on our credit and by shutting down the govt. what a bunch of losers and spoiled rotten punks. i support you mr. president.

    September 30, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. RC

    I am outraged, to try delay the inevitable for one more year?? Don't blame the President. People need insurance. Those responsible within the GOP need their diaper changed, given a bottle and put to bed.

    September 30, 2013 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. Schadenfreude

    Lovely. Just lovely!

    September 30, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  25. Ron L

    IT FAILED..which is no surprise. The RISK was too high. You have to remember, 100 years ago people went into politics to SERVE, now they go into START a Career. A whole different mindset, that leads to entirely different outcomes.

    September 30, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
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