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. Canuckian

    These people are trying to shut the country down in order to prevent millions of unfortunate Americans access to adequate health care – let them die in the streets? Are we a society, or simply a lass mass called a country?

    September 30, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  2. don in albuquerque

    But we will line up to throw all the GOTP out of office. Not one worth a tinkers-dam.

    September 30, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  3. ben

    its about time someone took a stand, now we just gotta replace these so called moderates.. really define moderate republican ... call em what they are libs...

    September 30, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  4. offgrid911

    Honestly, I find the entire party REVOLTING!

    September 30, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Neutral Observer

    What about the moderate democrats, where are they?

    September 30, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  6. hardtimes

    57% would now agree with Mitt!!!
    What have you been smoking?

    The approviate rating of Congress is WHAT????? 10%

    That's about what Mitt would get today – 10%

    September 30, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  7. bananapouch

    Moderate Republicans? Sorry, this species went extinct years ago. A few individuals are still alive only in captivity.

    September 30, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  8. David

    You are correct, Mr. King. We do think you guys are crazy.

    September 30, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Noel

    Cme one fund the government and take care of obamacare later. Give this law a chance if it works well then go for it if not then get rid of it. But now people needs to survive.

    September 30, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. David

    No matter what the party These Children need to grow up . They need start thinking about The People who make up this country shame on them for their greed and their pride They cannot see past their own congressional seats. There are millions who need health insurance who are willing to contribute who would like to work , Jobs are what they need to be working on thinking about not wasting over twenty hours just to hear themselves talk.

    September 30, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Shane

    Look at the approval rating on Obamacare 57% don't approve that's what I'm referring to hard times

    September 30, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  12. Glen

    I cannot believe the Tea Party group, risk the country, risk the government, risk the programmes that help those who need the help- a Roman Senator said the measure of a society is how it takes care of their citizens, poor , weak and the strong. two thousand years later , what has changed? I am Canadian and we do not have this debate, we have the health care and we have a country that works, maybe not perfectly but it works. For your country, and the sake of the world please work together and solve this conflict.

    September 30, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  13. YoB

    Its a shame what the Republican party has become. Why are they so anti-American?

    September 30, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  14. Myron Gilbreath

    If Americans ever figure out how much money it cost to shut down the government they will see how much this show boat action is costing taxpayers. Wasting money this way is no different than other waste . These guys hope taxpayers never figure out the real costs and take appropriate action.

    September 30, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Sam Adams

    The budget negotiations are the place for bargaining over goverment programs, not the Continuing Resolution that must be in place because a budget has not been passed. The debt ceiling is another item where it is not appropriate to negotiate budget items.
    The budget process used to be very clear and was where all negotiations were done on government programs.
    Using continuing resolution process to do negotiations on major government programs is inappropriate and leads to issues such as the one we have now.
    A budget bill process is the correct place for negotiations.
    The GOP should have done some negotiations earlier on Obamacare and tried to change what they did not like about it instead of trying to repeal it entirely. They could even have tried to put in place their own by overlaying Obamacare with their own approach to health care reform but they did not, insisting on repeal without any replacement.

    September 30, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  16. tk ellis

    It is our country, Obama has done enough and his holligans to our country. We need to take our country back. Defund Obamacare and all of Obama's plans. It is not the Republicans faught. It should have never gotten this far. Obama will have to negoitate with the Republicans...FACT. Hillary was terrible, Panetta was a loser and Kerry well, he doesn't have a clue and Hagel...needs to go back to Nebraska...loosers. We want our country back. The federal government should never be in the insurance business; it is killing our country. We need leaders who know what the people need for our country. Not a dictator!!

    September 30, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  17. Name Dave

    Apparently, all you people live in the dark. all obcare,is going to do is take away jobs raise premiums and take away good ins working people already have!!!

    September 30, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. sick

    They're toasty!

    September 30, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  19. Kieran

    Why is it even legal to shut down the country? Why do they have to pass a law to spend money that they already passed laws to spend? That seems redundant.

    September 30, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. CausinAScene

    Well, it's a start, at least there trying to effect change with in a dead or dying "Old School Mentality" that is fast becoming really unpopular really quick, and really tiring...

    September 30, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Concerned Citizen

    This is politics at its worse. It is revolting to think that a few members of one political party can actually shutdown the federal government. The problem is, these representatives will not suffer at all. It will be the federal workers that suffer. It will be the businesses that rely on tourist that visit our national monuments and parks that will hurt, depending on the length of the shutdown some of these business might go out of business. These are small businesses but the Tea Party don't seem to care. The Republican Party and the Tea Party have had 4 years to make changes to the Affordable Care Act. Since, they didn't get their way over the pass 4 years, they are now willing to shutdown the government to get their way. They are acting like a spoiled child throwing a tantrum. "If I don't get my way, I'll shutdown the government until I do."

    September 30, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  22. Troy

    Good to see some problem solvers from NoLabels fulfilling their oath. Hopefully all of them do and they sort this mess out. Agree with ACA or not, the budget is not the place to campaign against it. Its symbolic at best and the grid lock will contribute to more political and economic chaos at worst.

    September 30, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  23. C Coffee

    Read the last paragraph of this article and it says it all!

    "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."

    And it comes from a Republican Representative!!

    September 30, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  24. Tim

    Hilarious – caving to Obama's ultimatums is considered "moderate"? Left-wing media at its worst.

    September 30, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. Neutral Observer

    Canuckian, if we get rid of our current health care, what will wealthy Canadians do when they get cancer, like that politician who when getting cancer came here to be treated?

    September 30, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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