No compromise in sight to end shutdown
October 6th, 2013
11:29 AM ET
5 years ago

No compromise in sight to end shutdown

(CNN) – Moderate Republican Rep. Peter King said Sunday there’s “no way” enough House Republicans will side with Democrats on passing a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government and end the shutdown crisis. A "clean" resolution would be one that has no language that makes changes to Obamacare.

The idea came up Saturday, when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that 195 House Democrats signed their names to a letter saying they’ll support a resolution in line with a budget that has received support from some House Republicans.
If House Speaker John Boehner put the resolution to a vote, Democrats would need about two dozen more votes from Republicans to reach a two-thirds majority.

But King said that strategy just isn’t going to fly.

“It's not going to go anywhere because the Democrats are not bargaining in good faith. There's no way in the world you're going to get 25 Republicans to go on that,” King said on “Fox News Sunday.”

King initially did try to form a small coalition of moderate Republicans to side with Democrats and avoid a government shutdown, but he wasn’t able to garner enough members.

The biggest problem, King said, is not just that the government is shut down, but that Republicans haven’t had a strategy for bringing about positive results following the funding lapse.

"You don't take the dramatic step of shutting down the government unless you have a real strategy and it has a chance of working. It’s never had a chance of working," King said.

As the shutdown drags into a sixth day, and the nation creeps ever closer to an October 17 debt ceiling deadline, there’s no sign of Democrats and Republicans coming to any sort of agreement on either matter.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Tony in Maine

    Why are Democrats supposed to bargain? The ACA is law upheld by SCOTUS. There is no bargaining required. It's time Republicans faced reality. If they don't like the ACA, introduce a bill to repeal it and see where that goes.

    Peter King – your party is not going to get its way. Not even if you all hold your breath until you turn blue.

    October 6, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    You know it's getting weird when Peter King is seen as a moderate!

    Right now the TP's have the rest of the republicans, including the speaker, intimidated with threats of primary challenges. If they put a clean CR up to a voice vote it would pass overwhelmingly.

    October 6, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  3. Dooky


    October 6, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  4. Thomas

    Ted Cruz / Sarah Palin 2016

    free moose jerky and cuban cowboy boots

    October 6, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  5. Mcclatchey

    Why was Candy Crowley hardball w Lew but was very patient with the leader of the " terrorists" in our government. The American People spoke, we elected President Obama. Not the "terrorists in the far right who are trying to tear our country down,,,,

    October 6, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  6. Woman In California

    We all know TPublicans intend to go the distance on this shutdown but in the end, they'll pay.

    October 6, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  7. Daniel Maddigan

    Enough of this treason. VOTE ON THE SENATE BILL!

    October 6, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  8. Kenny K

    The same people that do not want govt to spend any money are the same people who scream about the impact of sequestration. Also a lot of rich people in America or businesses in America depend on govt one way or another. When govt stop spending, a lot of those so called "I have my own business" govt contractors will suffer.

    October 6, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. ann

    1. The 8 bills that the house has put up are piece meal..pass this pass that...OMG Obama care is left over -we wont pass this

    2. Why don't democrats say "We will not negotiate on defunding, gutting or deleting Obama care" Make it clear that they can always amend, change improve it,but Dem's miss the right talking points again

    October 6, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. 333maxwell

    The Speaker allows time, energy and money on votes against the Affordable Care Act 42 times on any given day knowing he doesn't have the votes, yet can't quite seem to bring a vote to the floor to keep the nation running and not taking the economy further because he says we need to trust him that no one would vote for it. .

    Makes you wonder who's pockets he is so deep into, that he is willing to pander to the lowest common denominator in this self inflicted, GOP economic wound to what was a recovering economy.

    Mr Speaker, have you no sense of decency? Why are you so determined to sell your mortal soul, your parties soul and the Nations soul along with it? What is so important to you personally, that you would destroy any chance at economic recovery?

    October 6, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It looks like the republicans will finally destroy our country. Mental midgets like Bachmann, Cruz, Gomert, King and Boehner, are truly anti American, and I hope that out of our country's ashes, we will see the end of republicans for decades.

    October 6, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republicans need something in order to prevent them destroying the country, but they don't know what it is.

    October 6, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    Kiss your country bye bye, and thank Texas and a Canada for it.

    October 6, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  14. Hector Slagg

    Aw, no,
    The Conservatives aren't going to destroy the country.that is what the Liberal's have done, now calling themselves Progressives. Better look carefully folks. Obama Care is making too many people part time if they have a job at all. Like it or not, there is still no free lunch out there. I keep reading about worker's being let go. So sorry.

    October 6, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Ron L

    Now America, we see it is a GAME. Just 5 or 6 days ago Mr. King was saying he believed the clean C.R. was the way to go and he would support it. He was even attempting to get 20 other Republicans to side with him. Now, all of a sudden, there is NO WAY a clean C.R. could pass??? Heres what happened, he received some phone calls to "change his position". I hate what the potential results will be if this continues until the 18th of October. But he President MUST stand firm, this entire situation is sickening but the President no matter who he/she is regardless of party can allow themselves to be extorted by less than 1/3 of one wing of the government.

    October 6, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  16. alex

    Just vote on the clean cr already. Let's see how many votes you have. This doesn't have to be a guessing game – just vote on it. Boehner is telling king to Say there aren't enough votes because he knows there is and it will bring their costly stunt to a halt. The American people deserve a vote on a clean cr that funds the ENTIRE government, not just tea party favorites.

    October 6, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. Lily

    It is tiresome already. Adults are acting like kids. Should kids become adults, take their jobs and solve the problem?

    October 6, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    Okay, here's a negotiation:
    In exchange for the House republicans agreeing to not shut the government down, President Obama agrees to not close every military base, federal office, and federal government contract in red states. Fair enough?

    October 6, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Peter King a moderate? That says a lot about how far right the GOP has become.

    October 6, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. len

    This is what happens when only 37 percent of registered voters in 2010 vote. All elections matter. Wake up people and vote im 2014.

    October 6, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Thomas

    The republicans want respect , yet they are confused about what to wear the award ceremony !

    October 6, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  22. Raf Nadroy

    The republicans say the Obama care is going to cost the country billions of dollars. What is the difference between that and the billions of dollars they waste the tax payers by not doing what they were elected to do. The real problem is because of the Obama Care in time there will be no need for political contributions from special interest to keep them in office and that what they fear the most. In truth is all about money the powers to be will loose if our medical system was taken out of Wall Street and all the managed healthcare companies that they own stock in were outlawed.

    October 6, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Stuffit

    Why negotiate or even talk, according to the democrat liberals they already have won the right to destroy this country and the Republicans. Seems to me the Republicans just stand firm and the libertards lose the power to do anything.

    October 6, 2013 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  24. Raf Nadroy

    The sad matter people don't realize that the shutdown was planned ahead of time once Obama Care was passed they just waited to the end to cause it to happen. It's not allowed in other developed countries to have healthcare in the market place many may be behind but at least they don't have the amount of deals that are decided behind close doors or golf courses LOL.

    October 6, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  25. DemFromSC

    Hopefully, this is the last nail in the GOP coffin for the 2014 elections. What more evidence do the voters need that the Republican Party is led by lunatics? Let's get rid of them!

    October 6, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
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