Obama holds firm on budget, calls on House Republicans to "stop this farce"
October 5th, 2013
10:08 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama holds firm on budget, calls on House Republicans to "stop this farce"

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In his weekly address President Obama criticized Republicans for holding the U.S. democracy and economy "hostage." The President had strong words for House Republicans, who he is calling on to pass a budget to stop the government shutdown.

"Take that vote. Stop this farce. End this shutdown now," Obama said.

Obama also highlighted letters from constituents describing how the government shutdown is affecting the day-to-day lives of American citizens.

A woman in rural Alabama wrote about her concern for working families now that the shutdown has forced the local Head Start agency to stop providing services.

"There are parents who work and who attend school," she wrote. "Where are they leaving their children? Is it a safe environment? Are [they] getting the food that they receive at their Head Start program?"

But Obama also acknowledged that House Speaker John Boehner faces a GOP conference divided on what kinds of demands should be attached to legislation ending the shutdown.

Obama claims "the far right of the Republican Party won't let Speaker John Boehner give that bill a yes-or-no vote."

The message out of the White House all week has been one of non-negotiation, with Obama determined that Republicans approve a spending bill with no language that limits the Affordable Care Act.

Obama argued that although he is willing to work with either party when it comes to the financial health of the country, he will not budge when it comes to Obamacare.

"The American people don't get to demand ransom in exchange for doing their job. Neither does Congress. They don't get to hold our democracy or our economy hostage over a settled law. They don't get to kick a child out of Head Start if I don't agree to take her parents' health insurance away. That's not how our democracy is supposed to work."


Filed under: Congress • Government Shutdown • Healthcare • House • Obama address
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boehner is on the verge of ruining our country, which is something W Bush tried but could not quite do. What a tool the speaker is to destroy our government, finishing what the Kochs have been trying to do for 30 years.

    October 5, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Note to right wing nut jobs: Keep your hands off social security, medicare, veterans benefits, the military, our government security, our government workers, but most of all, keep your hands off Obamacare.

    October 5, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. wendel

    the republicans have tried to hold the nation hostage. Like spoiled children they want their way. Don't loose sight as to what this is all about. The affordable care act. >> it is the law so they need to get back to business.

    October 5, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Ross

    The farce is ACA. If it's good enough for the people it should good enough for Congress and their staff members. Just curious what provision in the law allows the President to delay parts of it and give waivers to whoever he wants?

    October 5, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. HenryMiller

    The current impasse is 100% the result of the Democrats locking the Republicans out of the creation and passage of Obamacare, thus locking out about half the American population. Guess what. The locked-out half is angry. It's up to the Democrats to "stop the farce."

    October 5, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Alan S.

    Boenher's postion as Speaker shouldn't even be in the equation. He alone could free up the gridlock in Congress with a simple up and down vote if he wasn't so self-serving and concerned only with himself, how to please the Tea Party Extremists rather than the American People who continue to suffer. When he said: "this is no damn game!" I almost had to vomit. What a hypocrite! He is the GAME MASTER!

    October 5, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. 1twinsfan

    The ACA is law, passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court. IT'S LAW. Get over it, GOP.

    October 5, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Anonymous

    Do the tea party/GOP knows that China and Russia government is open for business? There science and technology research is continuing while we are forcing to take a break and watch the Tea party/GOP another a nation hostage taking political stunt.

    October 5, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. MMCinMPLS

    I have researched the ACA (Obamacare, it's the same thing), and tried to understand the objection to it. What is wrong with insuring the poor, requiring them to have skin in the game, what is wrong with being able to get insurance with no cap, with pre existing conditions, insuring your kids until 26 if you choose, prohibiting insurance companies from price gouging, or denial of coverage when it is too expensive? What's wrong with all that. All independent sources seem to agree that it will lower HC costs, all of them seem to agree, as do I, that it needs tweaking All the noise about defunding Obama care is a strategy of Jim DeMint, and his belief that the Democrats will cave, and the "strategy" of a 1 year delay, is pure and simple to get up to and past the 2014 elections, with the hope that they can elect more senators, and thus control the economy, to the countries everlasting ruin

    October 5, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Thomas

    @HenryMiller
    The current impasse is 100% the result of the Democrats locking the Republicans out of the creation and passage of Obamacare, thus locking out about half the American population. Guess what. The locked-out half is angry. It's up to the Democrats to "stop the farce."
    -----–

    Sorry your wrong !
    The republicans never wanted a healthcare law, they had no new ideas , and time and time again the pushed it down the road.
    GW Bush could have done something in regards to affordable health care , yet he believed looking for WMDs in Iraq would be money better spent .

    The tea party is 10% , they are destroying the republican party , that is what has happened Mr .HenryMiller.

    Take some responsibility for your Michele Bachmann's , Randy Paul's , Ted Cruz's , Marco Rubio's , Louie Gohmert 's, Trent Franks's and the Sarah Palin's .

    October 5, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. SandraBurkhart

    It is the responsibility of Congress to pass a budget. A budget that must make it through the Senate and get signed by the President. There is separation of powers for a good reason: Congress is very local, senators are statewide, and the president is nationwide. Like it or not, either Congress passes a budget that the president will sign OR they get to override his veto. It's always worked this way...from day 1 of our nation founding. They don't get to say, "Well our Party gets what they wanton ACA, or we shut 'er down!" The GOP cannot blame the other guys...it is clear what they did...but it is the Speaker who MUST find a way to get enough votes to override, or modify the budget in a way that the Senate AND the President will agree. It is just that simple.

    October 5, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  12. Carlos

    Want to repeal Obamacare? By all means!

    First bring up repeal in the house and secure the votes, then move it to the senate and secure the votes.

    Oh, you don't have the votes? THEN YOU CAN'T DO IT. THAT IS HOW IT WORKS.

    GOP, quit being the spoiled kid who is losing at checkers so he knocks the whole board over.

    October 5, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. Gunderson

    Uh, Huh,
    !7 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt Real, not no Farce. You want Farce stop start balance federal budget. Show Gunderson some real leadership.

    October 5, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Catmandew

    This is all the president's fault. He rammed this law no one understands down everyone's throat. And the senate never voted on all of the bills the house passed against it. There is no leadership in the White House Obama would rather shut down the country than move forward. Doubling everyone's healthcare instead of compromise.

    October 5, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. Bessy

    @ HenryMiller
    Grow up and educate yourself before you speak because you certainly don't know what you are talking about. The ACA is law, passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court. The Republicans had nothing to offer when this law was going through and they still have nothing to offer. Republicans were never " locked out ".

    October 5, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. joanne chouinard canada

    Republican want guns and no health care , what is wrong with them , all the biggest country of the world have health care ,Republican live in the past with no improvment .If you were in France for exemple , people would be on the street and it would not be acceptable,congress would have to stop that.
    Stand up for your President

    October 5, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    "stop this farce"

    Mr. President ! Mr. President !!!

    They won't eat the dog food.
    They sat it tastes like dung.

    But... but...
    Did "I" not TELL them that "I" am just too AWESOME !!! !!! !!!

    October 5, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Thomas Burk

    The HOR voted 42 times to repeal the ACA and were not successful...so on attempt # 43, they decided to use extortion/blackmail by attaching it to an entirely different bill, the funding of the US government. It is obvious that Speaker Boehner is only concerned with "losing face" at this point.

    October 5, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Justjean

    It IS a farce. Contracts have been written. ACA is a done deal. The GOP members of the House know it and now don't know what to ask for.

    October 5, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  20. Tigas

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
    Barack Hussein Obama

    October 5, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  21. Gurgyl

    Be tough, Obama.

    October 5, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  22. Data Driven

    "Obama claims "the far right of the Republican Party won't let Speaker John Boehner give that bill a yes-or-no vote."

    I actually think this is incorrect. Boehner, as Speaker, can bring the vote to the floor. So why doesn't he?

    The only logical answer is that he shares the beliefs of the "tea party" cabal in the House and is in fact part of that cabal. The time has come to stop pretending that John Boehner is some sort of "reasonable" Republican.

    October 5, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. justanaverageguy

    Obama set an extremely dangerous precedent in caving multiple times. That's all anyone has to go on as to what his future behavior is likely to be. Tea partiests believe he will cave in the end.

    What worries me the most is how Social Security and Medicare come through this. Since Obama is focused on his legacy and we all know he'd rather give up his liver than fold on Obamacare, I think that puts the social safety net at huge risk. If you ask me, should it come down to it, Obama will sell seniors down the river well before he caves on ACA.

    October 5, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. What's in that tea anyway?

    @Thomas

    @HenryMiller
    The current impasse is 100% the result of the Democrats locking the Republicans out of the creation and passage of Obamacare, thus locking out about half the American population. Guess what. The locked-out half is angry. It's up to the Democrats to "stop the farce."
    -––

    Sorry your wrong !
    The republicans never wanted a healthcare law, they had no new ideas , and time and time again the pushed it down the road.
    GW Bush could have done something in regards to affordable health care , yet he believed looking for WMDs in Iraq would be money better spent .

    The tea party is 10% , they are destroying the republican party , that is what has happened Mr .HenryMiller.

    Take some responsibility for your Michele Bachmann's , Randy Paul's , Ted Cruz's , Marco Rubio's , Louie Gohmert 's, Trent Franks's and the Sarah Palin's
    -----
    Thomas, I'm afraid good 'ole Henry Miller doesn't do well with facts..which is consistent with all Tea Baggers....Their thought is "Facts??? Facts??? who needs Facts???? we just pout and go on tv and tell lies and play to the RWNJ's....Faux news and fools plays very well to weak minds.

    October 5, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @HenryMiller
    The current impasse is 100% the result of the Democrats locking the Republicans out of the creation and passage of Obamacare, thus locking out about half the American population. Guess what. The locked-out half is angry. It's up to the Democrats to "stop the farce."

    Henry, The bill would not have passed each house if some Republicans didn't sign on. There was ample time for the GOP to amend the bill and they did just that. Also, the Conservative Supreme Court blessed this law.

    October 5, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
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