October 4th, 2013
05:53 PM ET
11 months ago

House Republicans say shutdown likely to drag on

Washington (CNN) - Many House Republicans concede the government shutdown likely won't be resolved until the next major congressional deadline in mid-October when Congress needs to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

"I don't see anything happening with the shutdown until we get to some kind of a plan for a bigger agreement," Louisiana Rep. Charles Boustany told reporters after House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders huddled with House Republicans on Friday.

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  1. Thomas

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is predicting that Democrats will cave under the GOP strategy.

    In his dreams

    October 4, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. rs

    What was that question? "How is this going to end?"

    Very badly for the GOP.

    October 4, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  3. Debbie

    All the while hundreds of thousands of federal employees receive no pay. No pay = no spending. No going out to dinner, getting the tires rotated, hurts, small business, hurts local business, and this is all across the USA. The TEAParty is a terrorist organization that the GOP is aiding and abetting. I was a Republican over 35 years. The party has morphed from basic conservative to radicalized zealots. All I can figure is the GOP leadership is willing to sacrifice the American economy for political grand standing. Nuts!

    October 4, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  4. Winston Smith

    Why should they care? Nothing is coming out of their pockets. They have no intention on doing anything for the common person. Only the K-Street gang, and huge corporate contributors have their attention. It's always been this way. WAKE UP.

    October 4, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Joan

    The Wall Street Journal publishes a quote from an "anonymous" member of the administration saying they are winning. To make it credible print the person's name and position otherwise it is probably just made up or taken out of context. However, the open mic moment between Paul and McConnell is definitely legit. In it Paul tells McConnell to keep doing what what they are doing and they will win. Who should people believe- an anonymous quote in a Conservative paper or an actual video with taped audio? Everyone from Rove to McCain to King had warned the extreme members of the party that their strategy of tying the health bill to the CR was a bad idea but they wouldn't listen. Even Boehner was against doing it just three weeks ago. The only silver lining is that it has shown the true motives of the right wing and no matter how it ends that is indelibly etched in everyone's memories.

    October 4, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Bubba

    The longer this drags out, the worst it will be for America, and for the GOP since they are not effective at shifting the blame. Obama does not have reelection challenges, the GOP does, thus this is not a good plan.

    October 4, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. What's in that tea anyway?

    I agree Speaker of gutless reputation.....You said in Nov 2012, Obamacare is the law of the land....the President Won. In Mar. Obamacare shouldn't be the reason for a shutdown and now YOU are playing games.....do you go back on every word you speak out of turn after the Tea Baggers get pee-O'd for you not supporting the crash of the US economy to make the President Look bad? Well you own it! This makes any decision related to 2014 really easy for the people whose IQ is above room temperature....and I'm talking in Alaska i.e. 50 – 60 deg F

    October 4, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  8. kay

    Time to impeach our Speaker of the House for causing this mess.

    October 4, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  9. What's in that tea anyway?

    Did anybody see that angry Tea Troll attack the lady park ranger at the Veteran's Memorial. He called her a disgrace. In her defense, she said "No I am not sir". She was very dignified in the way she treat that idiot but the disrespect this band of angry fools call the Tea Baggers don't deserve the respect they fail to give every single day

    October 4, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    All the media stories are now centering around "bringing back furloughed off furlough". Not one word out of Washington, of how any one of thousands of companies across the U S., can know a new prosperity to recall laid off blue collar workers to rebuild America. Not one. AMERICA WANTS TO KNOW.

    October 4, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  11. ED1

    Answer this question for me.

    We are always hearing about how Social Security is going to run out of money.

    How come we never hear about Welfare running out of money?

    What's interesting, the first group "worked for" their money... The second didn't!!!

    October 4, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. charlies curry

    think god !!!!!all these wavers stopin rich ,real rich companies from doing there share. please ,please please look up healthcare wavers on the web :( this is a joke only the poor payin the taxes again .dont take my word please look it up.

    October 5, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. boungiorno

    since when do adults play games when a catastrophic future looms in the shadows

    October 5, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  14. GI Joe

    What's new?

    They didn't do anything in August, so why should September and October be any different? Or Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb,...... you get the idea.

    October 5, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  15. Anonymous

    The largest hostage situation my be in all of human history. There was never been >300 million people hold hostage until now, as far as I know.

    October 5, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  16. don in albuquerque

    Boehner and Cantor. Living proof that some people do deserve exile. I really think they would both enjoy Somalia.

    October 5, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  17. Karen F.

    I think the only story on CNN this morning that really got my blood to boil was the comment from Randy Nuegebauer when he told the park ranger at the WWII memorial was when he told her "The Park Services should be ashamed"- No sir, you "congress" should be ASHAMED!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2013 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. David Roller

    As a United States Citizen, I am so embarrassed by the actions
    of our leadership in Congress. Our process for changing or repealing
    bills that were passed, is not to shut the Government down. These
    actions are in violation of everything our system stands for. Any of our leadership
    that considers this to be the correct way of resolving issues should be terminated
    without pay and benefits, because they clearly do not understand their job or
    care about the effect of their actions on our country and citizens. Furthermore, in the
    next election I urge all voters to hold every member of leadership that has caused this
    embarrassment accountable for their actions , for they have clearly lost focus on what their job is
    and the process that was clearly laid out over 200 years ago for resolving issues that face our nation.

    October 5, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  19. Anonymous

    What bigger agreement and from whom? Republicans have shut down the government and they know not what they want in return for opening it back up. They fight amongst themselves with no real consensus within their own caucus of what they want. For the last 4 years, Obama has acquiesced nearly every one of their demands in order to keep government running. This time he has stated "enough is enough". I fully agree. Enough is enough. It is time for Boehner to bring the Senate bill up for votes and for once allow the country to get back on the right track of full recovery.

    October 5, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  20. somebody

    Bring back Simpson/Bowles (or something close to it) which includes both spending cuts AND tax increases. Until the GOP is willing to consider that kind of balanced approach, this is never going to work. In addition, a big deal is something that should be carefully considered and there isn't enough time to do that in the two weeks before the default deadline. The debt ceiling should be raised and then a grand bargain debated.

    The GOP should get NOTHING for shutting down portions of the Government and for threatening default due to refusal to raise the debt limit. Any parent knows you don't reward that kind of behavior.

    October 5, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. RL

    All you emotional idiots out there saying the GOP is holding the governenment "hostage." I don't know if you realized this but we are living in a country that was a democratic republic for 200 years. This is part of the political process. Instead of whining about a process that ha worked for centuries, try electing officials that would change the process. Or blame how polarized and divided this country has become. Seriously, instead of constantly bad mouthing the other side try to agree on something. At this rate none of this will end well.

    As for the Republican Party I believe they had no choice but to move to a shutdown. Politically it was in their best interest to stand their ground. The house members know they won't lose their seats only unless they appear to back off on the platform they ran on: repeal or delay obamacare. And they have every right to do so. They aren't "terrorists." They are only trying to appease their voter base, which happens to be large enough to be a good portion of the house.

    October 5, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  22. Thomas

    Where's the JOBS ?

    JOBS < JOBS < JOBS

    House Speaker John Boehner and other GOP leaders huddled under a table in the corner of the house Friday.

    This is not a game !

    Where's the jobs mr President , Benghazi , Benghazi , show us your birth certificate mr President !

    October 5, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |