October 6th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
11 months ago

Negotiations on shutdown, debt limit stalled

(CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner stated Sunday that a majority of his Republican colleagues continue to stand by their demand that any negotiations over reopening the federal government need to be tied directly to talks over Obamacare. The speaker also warned that Congress would not approve an increase in the nation's debt limit unless the president negotiated with congressional Republicans.

Boehner's comments come as Monday will mark the seventh day of the federal government shutdown. And to complicate matters, the White House has warned the country will no longer be able to meet its financial obligations unless its borrowing power is extended by Oct. 17. The speaker said it was imperative for the president to negotiate with Republicans.

"We're not going to pass a clean debt limit increase," Boehner said, appearing on ABC's "This Week." "I told the president, there's no way we're going to pass one. The votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit. And the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us."

Speaking on the government shutdown, Boehner said he stood with his fellow Republicans and emphasized that it was important to "stand and and fight" against the Affordable Care Act.

"I and my members decided the threat of Obamacare and what was happening was so important that it was time for us to take a stand. And we took a stand," the Ohio Republican said. Later in the interview, Boehner said Republicans were making this stand now because they believe the new healthcare law will have negative, long-term consequences for the country.

"I have 233 Republicans in the House," Boehner said. "And you've never seen a more dedicated group of people who are thoroughly concerned about the future of our country. They believe that Obamacare, all these regulations coming out of the administration, are threatening the future for our kids and our grandkids. It is time for us to stand and fight."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Saturday that she has 195 House Democrats who would support a resolution in line with a budget that has received support from 21 House Republicans to fund the federal government. But, for now, Boehner seems to be dismissing this option.

"This fight was going to come, one way or another. We're in the fight. We don't want to shut the government down," Boehner said, pointing to a series of piecemeal bills the House has passed to fund certain parts of the government, but that the Democratic-controlled Senate refuses to take up. The speaker was particularly critical of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and he criticized Reid's negotiating tactic as "my way or the highway."

"That's what he's saying. Complete surrender and then we'll talk to you."

The Obama administration shot back in response to Boehner's comments on ABC in a tweet by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney following the interview.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • Healthcare • John Boehner
soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. Tom Blier

    Heard Congress shorted the SP500 on Friday (backed by all their net worth) and will cover their positions a few weeks after the 17th.

    October 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Boehner, it is time to do the right thing for our country, and stop taking hostages.

    October 6, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Hikertom

    We send Congressional representatives to Washington to represent us. There are more than enough votes in the House to pass the Senate version of the budget bill. So why is it not up for a vote?

    Let Congress vote on it.

    October 6, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  4. Mel

    Republicans are out of control. They will destroy this country.

    October 6, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. JohnRJohnson

    A majority of the House AND Senate support a clean Continuing Resolution that would end the shutdown and not dismantle the Affordable Care Act or any of its parts. Mr. Boehner has decided to make himself an obstacle to majority rule in this country and his actions are an attempt to nullify the last election. This is NOT listening to the American people. It is listening to the extremists in his caucus.

    October 6, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. RRJ

    The Affordable Care Act is so unpopular that millions of people trying to sign up overload the system.

    The Republicans will give up when the Koch brothers tell them it's ok. The best Republican party that money can buy.

    October 6, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    Stand and fight for whom? A majority of Americans don't want to link Obamacare and the Continuing Resolution or the debt ceiling.

    Boehner and the GOP have been ignoring the will of the people for the last 5 years, including not letting the full House vote on a clean CR.

    The only conclusion is Boehner and the GOP do NOT have our country's best interest at heart; in fact, they are actively working to harm us and our country.

    October 6, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Scott Moore

    The Republican party has become completely irresponsible. They say the Democrats are playing it "my way or the highway" but they're not budging at all themselves, holding all government funding hostage to the health care act. The funny thing is that the watered down ACA bill was actually Romneycare.

    This isn't about opposing Obamacare, this is about the Republicans opposing anything that Obama does. The Republicans have become unamerican, uncivil, and recklessly irresponsible.

    October 6, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  9. Steve

    No the senate is saying pass a clean continuing resolution and then fight these battles after that. Don't bring the country and the world economy down over 1 law. That is what the senate is saying. The only reason you Republicans are taking this rediculous stand is because you know the ACA (Obama Care) will work and you are afraid of it. As more people get help from the ACA the more people will vote Democratic in 2014 and 2016. That is what this is all about. The Republican Party knows the ACA will work and they are afraid of it.

    October 6, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. mike

    Well the right to bear arms kills hundreds per day in this country, I don't see anyone trying to over turn that law by attaching it to money spent by the GOP on their watch. How about this for a deal a ban on Obamacare for an assault weapons ban and an increase in taxes on the rich.

    October 6, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. James

    I lived in Spain for a number of years and if you want to become a freelancer or take the risk to strike out on your own....you are forced to pay a monthly tax in order to cover social security and healthcare benefits....which significantly increases the monthly overhead you have to account for as you immediately have a required couple hundred euros of overhead per month regardless of how much income you make...therefor reduces the number of people willing to do that. The new requirement for United States citizens to have health insurance does the exact same thing, and will impact the number of young entrepreneurs who are willing to take a few years of risk to strike out on their own and take a chance on doing something innovative. The impact that will have on people's freedom to pursue their dreams and also the number of new start-ups will be significant.

    October 6, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. James

    "I have 233 Republicans in the House. And you've never seen a more dedicated group of people who are thoroughly concerned about the future of our country." Huh.....really? Perhaps he sees a different House then the rest of us do because if I did what they are doing I would be fired.

    October 6, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Ivar

    What in the hell has happened to the Republican party? It used to be functional.
    Been in healthcare 40 years and can absolutely testify the system is broken, corrupt and killing the country's GNP. Insurance companies and the so-called not tax "not-for-profits" are multi-billion dollar industries and hiding being phoney "healing missions". Affordable Healthcare will have problems and need numerous revisions but at least it is a start. It is a law passed by Congress and supported by the Supreme Court. The GOP didn't have the support to stop it legally and are now acting like spoiled two year olds, gutting the economic recovery at everyone's expense. The Republicans have NOTHING on the table, their only offering was Medicare Part D, completely unfunded and running up the national debt. Anybody complain about that? Had to raise the debt ceiling. Debt ceiling raised multiple times by Regan, Bush, Clinton.....When was the last time Republicans actually did something responsible for anyone but the 1%?

    October 6, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. navaJohn

    All you people have done since Obama got elected is fight. Nothing new, but guess what? WE'RE SICK AND TIRED OF IT!!

    October 6, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  15. DJ

    I guess he still hasn't figured out that no one likes an extortionist. Well other than the ones in the echo chamber with him.

    October 6, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Katie

    Why fight? Why must everything be a war for the GOP? Do they not understand that wars cost money? Do they not understand the damage they are doing? Do they not understand that millions of Americans are fed up with them?

    October 6, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Don Watson

    The ACA is the law and people have been signing up to get Health Care Insurance they did not have before. It is time for the tp republicans to except that fact. They were against Social Security and Medicare and they are helping people who other wise would still be working in their old age.

    October 6, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  18. Kevin

    Funny.....I don't remember electing Boehner as leader of this country.

    October 6, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. mainepotter

    Boehner, please close your piehole.

    October 6, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  20. DoseOfReality

    Bring it! I would rather default on our debt now than years from now when we're 40 trillion dollars in debt or more. We can turn things around at this point. Don't get cold feet Boehner. Stand strong. Most regular Americans support you!

    October 6, 2013 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  21. Zolicon

    And I say it is time for the People to unite and stand whit Me against the corruption that is in our Governments.

    October 6, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  22. Lardeau

    Does he not realize that his stance is TREASON ??????????????????????????? This way is NOT democratic !!

    October 6, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. mambi68

    Mr. Spealer John "pampers" Boehner:

    Enjoy your tenure in the House for another year. If after the economical debacle that you are going promote by not paying our debts (approved by "your" House already) there is any United States of America left, you and your anarchists will have to find another job.
    Political Science is not a subject that you probably passed in College.

    October 6, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Steve

    Yes. Demand that the minority who the people voted against must rule.

    The stuff Republicans come up with is sometimes mind boggling.

    October 6, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. tnt

    Fire all the Republicans in 2014 if they havent destroyed the country by then. We all better stand up and let them know we are sick of the shutdown and what it is doing to our lives.

    October 6, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
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