September 30th, 2013
08:55 PM ET
7 months ago

Senior House Republican: GOP is taking a risk, but has 'strong ground'

Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner said the House is "not going to be left holding the hot potato" by the midnight deadline to avert a government shutdown, a senior House Republican member told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

Boehner's comments came at a Republican meeting earlier Monday, the source said.

After the Senate tabled a House bill Monday that would have delayed Obamacare for a year, the House revised the legislation so that it postpones only the law's individual mandate. The House also attached a measure that would eliminate health care subsidies to members of Congress.

The bill is expected to pass and be sent to the Senate, which could again table the legislation and throw the ball back into the House's court.

The senior House Republican said "a Republican can't vote against this and survive a primary." All states are different, the source added, but GOP primary electorates are all conservative.

"It's perceived as giving yourself a special privilege that other Americans don't have," the GOP member continued.

The sourced admitted there's "no question this is a risky thing we are doing," but added that this has helped Boehner internally, and the caucus now feels (with the vote on healthcare subsidies for members) "we have some strong ground to stand on."

Boehner is out on a limb, the Republican said, but added "the conference is rallying. We know we have to defend the quarterback" because they were calling the plays.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    #43 and counting. Surely there must be a few more post offices needing a rename GOPers can throw into the loop as well?

    September 30, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    "we have some strong ground to stand on."

    Some strong ground, eh? Sounds REAL confident.

    LOL!

    September 30, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    "not going to be left holding the hot potato"
    BWAAAA HAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!

    September 30, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  4. JK

    Listening to the "debate" made me fear for the future of this country. A so called Representative made the argument that Obamacare had already failed, so the Democrats should have no problem with defunding it. This is a person who supposedly knows about government who does not even know that the law goes into effect tomorrow. Sheesh – GOP = the new know nothings.

    September 30, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  5. boungiorno

    Seriously you dont know your goverment

    September 30, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  6. jinx9to88

    Until we get big money out of politics, us average Joe's have no chance. Thank the Conservative Supreme member's for upholding citizen's united.

    September 30, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  7. don in albuquerque

    Remember a Milton Bradley game called Time Bomb. Well the Time Bomb went off and guess who was holding it. Now watch how fast they dump the Tea Baggers.

    September 30, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  8. freedom

    Now I know why they're called "die hard democrats." Beyond any logic, rationale, or good for the country – they do damage – just because they're democrats. Ugly.

    September 30, 2013 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  9. What a Shame

    Obama is correct that this doesn't have to happen. He could actually do his job and speak to congress and try to negotiate a deal. Oh, that's right, he's a scary Community Organizer that wants to shut down this government. Maybe it's time to bring Putin in to fix this. He threw Obama a very costly lifeline on Syria after all.

    September 30, 2013 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  10. Mary Ann

    Anyone who thinks the GOP/tea party is on strong ground is delusional!

    September 30, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  11. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    40 plus repeal votes, at over one million dollars a crack? And the Dems are illogical? You ought to be called "Free-Dumb"...

    September 30, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  12. Neutral Observer

    The repubs holding things up should hold their ground. If that means they get voted out in 2014, so be it. But don't waffle all over the place. Chances are if they go with the flow, they're gonzo anyway. If the voting public is given a choice between a liberal democrat and a liberal democrat, the liberal democrat will win every day. When Obama care was pushed through, the dems did it without consulting repubs. so they should fight it tooth and nail on those grounds alone. Then let the voters decide, they might be pleasantly surprised.

    September 30, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    @What A Shame,

    "He could actually do his job and speak to congress and try to negotiate a deal."

    Nope. Not his job. Not the time, either: the time to "negotiate a deal" is during the appropriations process. Tonight, we're supposed to pay our bills, not fight the election all over again - an election that Republicans lost.

    September 30, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  14. rs

    What a Shame
    Obama is correct that this doesn't have to happen. He could actually do his job and speak to congress and try to negotiate a deal. Oh, that's right, he's a scary Community Organizer that wants to shut down this government. Maybe it's time to bring Putin in to fix this. He threw Obama a very costly lifeline on Syria after all.
    ___________________
    What a difference a big dose of hyper-radicalism makes. It seems now Iran, a nation we haven't had diplomatic relations with since they took a slew of hAmerican hostages in 1979, is far, far easier to deal with than the GOP, and the GOP would rather work with Mr. Putin.
    The GOP it would appear is the new village idiot. Pay our bills gop, raise taxes on the rich if the debt worries you and for pity sake stop your whining.

    September 30, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  15. Data Driven

    @Neutral Observer,

    "When Obama care was pushed through, the dems did it without consulting repubs."

    Please cite evidence. I always love this cherished story among the right-wing. Here's what happened: once the individual and business mandates were written into the bill, the Republicans, who had been looking for an excuse to not support any major legislation backed by a Democratic President, simply stopped playing ball and just vowed endless filibusters. Luckily, the Dems held a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and also controlled the House.

    Hey, elections have consequences: voila, Obamacare!

    September 30, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  16. Amazing

    The GOP is simply behaving like spoiled brats. Will Obamacare be perfect? No. Is it a step in the right direction? Yes. The GOP needs to understand that NO is not a policy that will address health care in this country. This is simply another attempt by the GOP to create a crisis they want to pin on the President. Even the sane GOP members are being shouted down.

    September 30, 2013 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |