October 3rd, 2013
07:31 AM ET
5 years ago

Government shutdown: GOP moderates huddle as conservatives set agenda

Washington (CNN) - A small but growing group of House Republicans is increasingly worried about the fallout from the government shutdown and say it's time for Speaker John Boehner to allow a simple vote on a spending bill.

Defunding Obamacare can wait for now, they say.


Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. James Cahill

    Looks like Republicans are about to cave

    October 3, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  2. Name carl

    The Republicans have lost their mind. Shame on the GOP. I hope many of them that can be voted out in 2014...

    October 3, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  3. Tabeth

    Hey listen close:
    Egypt has Muslim Brotherhood
    Afghanistan has Taliban
    Lebanon has Hezbollah
    USA has Tea Party that enjoys seeing people dead without Obama care

    October 3, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  4. Guygyl

    GOP IS VERY BAD. Throw all these bums in Atlantic ocean in 2014. USA needs education. Period. These idiots of GOP is worst than Al Queda, sabotaging this entire Nation.

    October 3, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  5. tom l

    So weird. Ben Carson, after criticizing the ACA, just happened to get a call from the IRS. That has to just be a coincidence.

    October 3, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  6. kirk

    Goodbye Mr speaker, goodbye! He managed to put himself between rocks for brains and a people, and you see where he is, big money everytime.the tea party has his reelection money, and on the other hand you have the will and economic health of your countrymen, are you surprised who he sided with, why? We all seen his weak leadership stymied any attempt to help people, and does what the Koch brothers tell him to, everytime, an unbelievable failure, on Evey level, he will have something to cry about next election .we need to rid our system of these weak leaders who only fight for big money superpacs, and we pay every time, and he gets campaign money, it has got to stop

    October 3, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  7. Data Driven


    Getting worried about destroying the country, boys?

    It was enlightening to read about Nunes voting for Boehner's piecemeal funding bills, even though he doesn't really believe in any of it, "out of loyalty to Boehner".

    It would be nice if Republicans in the House did stuff out of loyalty to the country, instead of to a hack who enjoys getting pushed around by our nation's enemies.

    October 3, 2013 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  8. Dallas

    This is all so pathetic it's hard to put it into words. John Boehner is the Speaker of the House in name only – we all know it's that whacko Ted Cruz calling the shots. Show some backbone Mr. Boehner – let the CR go forward for a vote and let Ted Cruz and his band of obstructionists know that they will not hold the government hostage! Do you have the guts to do that?

    October 3, 2013 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Boehner will not help Americans until the Kochs and the republican domestic terrorists give him permission to do what's right, and that will not happen. Republican billionaires want an end to government, social security, Medicare, and the ACA. Those who get hurt along the way just don't matter to the GOP: veterans, seniors, students, the poor, minorities, workers, the middle class, our environment, etc. For Boehner to act so irresponsibly, he must have been given a huge amount of bribe money.

    October 3, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Do you right wingnuts realize that people are getting pretty excited about ACA, and are realizing that Fox and their paid for, Republican Party have been lying? Republicans are on the wrong side of history again. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, but the GOP can't even match that.

    October 3, 2013 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The Grand Old Tea Party has lost it. They've gone beyond reason and responsibility to irrational and disrespect. To accuse the president of not wanting to negotiate is absurdity in the extreme. Let's roll the video tape.

    Pres. Obama and Democrats have been saying since the last round of budget wrangling last winter that the ACA is non-negotiable because elections have consequences, and in our democracy they're supposed to mean something. The first bill out of the House funded 100% of the government, minus the ACA, for just a few short weeks. The most recent bills coming out of the House have funded 1%, if not less, of the government, again dismantles the ACA, for just a few short weeks.

    The offer goes from 100% funding plus a bag of rocks to 1% funding plus a bag of rocks. And now, the Republicans are complaining about Democrats not wanting to negotiate? That's way past crazy. That's not politics. It's insanity. Speaking of which, where has that Senator Cruz been hiding.

    October 3, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  12. ST

    Everything we do must have a limit, if it goes far beyond the limit, it becomes good for nothing. Whether you eat too much, speak too much like the so-called "Speaker Cruz", or you take too much of that special water (sorry I won't mention the name here, fill the blanks yourself), you end up not acting like a normal person and you suffer a lot, and make others around you suffer as well. These republican moderates take each and everything at a moderate pace. Thats why their thinking and actions are moderate, quite different from those republicans who have too much of everything and no limit.

    October 3, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But it could be risky for these House Republicans to take a stand against the tea party faction of the GOP."

    The Tea Party does not have enough national standing - Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann notwithstanding. It never will. Either the moderates take back their House, or moderate voters WILL vote democratic in 2014 against these so called moderates who love to pan for the camera but are unable to pull up their big boy pants and follow through with actual votes. Of that I have no doubt. It is because of THEM - not the Tea Party itself - that the Tea Party got so all in your face controlling to begin with. Moderates sat back and wallowed in their own self pity but did little else productive.

    October 3, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  14. the hippies were right

    JOBS, JOBS, JOBS............Keystone pipeline will create 20k jobs that America desperately needs........Obamacare will hurt jobs..........the stimulus didn't create any jobs..........environmental regulations hurts jobs. All lies, the true job killer is happening right in front of our face. No gimmicks or rhetoric, just plain facts that are happening now. Regardless of anything, a clean bill from the house would not have caused 800,000 people to be sent home, plus all the other negative that came with this shutdown. These hypocrites don't care about jobs, and if you believe they do, you are just a pathetic, brainless Fox "spews" sheep. Imagine the house giving the senate a clean bill and the senate returning it with an amendment that would ban all gun sales for a year. Would the senate be responsible for the shutdown? Of course, but they didn't! The senate bill is CLEAN. The house bill has a threat attached. Wake up sheep and tell your republican crook of a congressman to stop this game that's affecting millions of people!!!!!!

    October 3, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. JC55

    We need the Republican Party back. I mean as the Republican Party not hijacked by the Tea Party. If someone does not step up with courage and take the Tea Party on it is over for the functional Republican Party. Talk about convictions and standing by them, I'm only seeing people putting their political careers over the good of the country.
    Enough of "What the people want". You are speaking for the Tea Party and what they want. That's it. The Tea party gets a say just like everyone else. The next election you will see how much bigger the population of American citizens are then just the Tea Party.

    October 3, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  16. kirk

    Superpacs money, of help the people, no brainer you would think, you'd be wrong. This is a good opportunity for Americans to see what is wrong with the Republicans, they dont work for you, they work for the big money superpacs, period.

    October 3, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    There are, undoubtably, people who see the GOP moderates as unimportant, even traitors. Nothing could be further from the truth. Moderates in both parties are the key to getting things done, but, as the influence from the activist wings of both parties has proved, moderates are rarely welcome, since they ask the hard questions of how ideology can be adapted to real world. Because of ideology, people now view politics as a zero-sum game, with the opposing side having little ( if anything) to offer. This development of GOP moderates standing up to be counted is a positive, since solving our problems is not about ideology, its about actually solving them together. Conservatives need to start earning their paychecks by producing something positive, not by castigating their opponants as socialists, communists, etc, while offering nothing that has a chance of passing with Democratic votes. Liberals need to admit that there are costs involved that are going to be painful for some, and that numbers may not be what they would like them to be. No solution is perfect, but to either not bother to present a solution that is workable or to simply say no to the other side cheapens and diminishes our democracy.

    October 3, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  18. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Democrats have been calling for a clean spending bill the entire. Why does a shutdown have to happen in order for these republicans to realize that. You can save the "grand bargain" shenanigans for after you pass a clean C.R. and raise the debt limit. DO YOUR JOBS!!!!

    October 3, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Their are no patriots, in the moderates. They are no better than the Dem socialists that seek to establish a dictatorship in America.

    October 3, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  20. Anonymous

    "I'm going to continue to support our leadership...................."
    Well, that's too bad. Nunes actually thinks that Boehner is the "leadership" when he knows full well Boehner is
    taking his cues from the Tea Party and Ted Cruz. Leadership is putting your Country first, and yourself last.
    Leadership is having the courage to fight back at those who are taking you down a garden path, leading to the
    total destruction of the American way of life. That is the Tea Party's agenda. They said in 2010 and they are
    still saying it.
    We can only work to vote them out........................and pray!

    October 3, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  21. len

    Stay strong President Obama. Do not allow 25 percent of the population control our great country. Do not allow them to destroy our constitution. DEMOCRACY is the majority. They are not the majority. They are mean and hateful.

    October 3, 2013 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. CA Independent

    And Democrat moderates huddle as liberals set agenda?

    October 3, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Steve

    Republicans have shut down the government; they're prepared to cause another debt-ceiling crisis and crash the economy on purpose unless a laundry list of ridiculous demands are met; they've probably killed immigration reform; they refuse to even consider a jobs bill; they've probably killed efforts to reduce gun violence; they're desperately trying to take food away from poor families; and they're on a mindless crusade to take away Americans' health care benefits.

    What, exactly, might their 2014 pitch look like?

    October 3, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  24. Rudy NYC


    I would like to give CNN credit for not going with the "slimdown" talking point other right wing media is pushing. Kudos, CNN.
    I think that the term "slimdown" speaks volumes about the Tea Party's intentions. They like this way, and want it to be permanent.

    October 3, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Rudy NYC

    James Cahill

    Looks like Republicans are about to cave
    Maybe some of the few Republicans that are still left, but most definitely not the Tea Party people.

    Getting rid of government is what the Tea Party has wanted all along. They've pretty much cut discretionary spending to zero. Their next goal is to not raise the debt ceiling, in order to force even more spending cuts. They are anarchists of the worse sort.

    October 3, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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