October 6th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
12 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. tnt

    Protest John Bohener and Ted Cruz for the radicals they are!!

    October 6, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  2. jimmy

    If you touch the ACA one bit I will NOT be paying any taxes this year. I don't care. Just put me in prison. I'll get fed and have better healthcare than I have now....

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

    remember you elected these people

    October 6, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  4. jack

    How does this work? If my party loses on legislation then I get to shutdown down the government until I get my way. This is not how a democracy works. Not sure what you call it.

    October 6, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  5. dnokc

    Don't hand the check book over....and expect negotiations later! Hasn't happened in the past...and would NOT happen now. That's one of the reasons we are where we are today. Mr. Obama put a commission to study this problem a while back. I believe it was 3 republicans and 3 democrats. Amazingly they came to an agreement! Mr. Obama ignored their advice!

    October 6, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. nvsand

    Look at me, look at me, look at me! Don't worry we are looking and we don't like what we see. The GOP can just sit there while millions sign up for ACA.

    October 6, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  7. Mike Texoma

    John Boehner has made himself the poster boy for the anti-democracy Tea Party. They represent, maybe, one-third of the House of Representatives – just a plurality of the Republican caucus. They cannot win a national election, but because of the enabling procedural policies of John Boehner, they can hold the rest of us hostage. If Boehner sent a clean CR to the floor for an up-or-down vote, the Tea Party would lose that vote and this idiocy would be over. Take good notes, people. Write down the damage these people will do. And remember who put us in this mess. The 2014 mid-term elections are just around the corner. And give them a piece of your mind.

    October 6, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. John Tater

    "Obamacare" was passed by the Congress in the prescribed way. "Defunding" it is killing it, abolishing it. If that is to be done, if we are to tell those millions lined up on the website to forget it and go home, it should be done in the prescribed way, not by holding the country hostage.

    October 6, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  9. JKB75

    Let the Affordable Care Act be. It's law. Supreme Court held up law. President re-elected on the passage of this law.

    October 6, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. Thomas

    "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."

    dedicated to what ?
    "I wish the American media would take a great look at the views of the people in Congress and find out: Are they pro-America or anti-America?" -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, calling for a new McCarthyism, Oct. 2008

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

    Isn't it peculiar how these altruistic right wingers who like to quote the founding fathers at every possible opportunity, now are slapping down and away at the very core of gifts those same founding fathers gave to us all. Democracy. The right to vote. The ACA was legally voted on and passed in to law. It was upheld by the high court. Then in what was called a referendum vote on it, the President who signed the bill was reelected. I say, that if you have issue with the ACA, then you can repeal it, when you get the legal votes to do so. Otherwise stop hijacking our democracy.

    October 6, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. seenidog

    This whole message by Boehner fails the smell test. Please consider his statement that there are not enough votes in his chamber to pass a clean bill. For a moment let's assume that statement is true. Them it seems to me allowing a vote would call the President's bluff. After the vote failed to pass Boehner would look like a hero and Obama would would look foolish. Talk about an opportunity to slam the Dems! Only a fool would pass it up. There is only one reason I can think of not to bring it to a vote is it might pass. Following this line of logic, Boehner is either lying about the votes or is a total idiot. Either way, it scares the heck out of me that the person third in line to become President is either a liar, an idiot or both. Just my opinion, I don't claim to be any smarter than anyone else, but it sure seems to me if he is telling the truth calling the vote is a total win/win for him and his Tea party backers.

    October 6, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. Annette

    I am Canadian, and I am ashamed of you John Boehner! You are speaking out of both sides of your face. If you don't want a shutdown then put through legislation and let your once great country get on with business. Oh and by the way, your fellow Republican Cruz is a no better than a terrorist. Why would anyone listen to this radical viewpoint. He wants your country to fall! Get with the program and quit backing the Democratic party into a corner. Learn from our country's Liberal party who have been decimated following their non-confidence motion. Your country was on the way to economic recovery! You will be remembered as the House Speaker who road-blocked economic recovery!!

    October 6, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Robert N. constant

    This past summer, Ted Cruz, Boehner's puppeteer , was already telling a Right Wing talk show host of his plans to shut down the government. For Boehner and the Republican Party to now claim " We don't want to shut down the government." is simply untrue.
    What is more, millions of Americans are amazed at being lied to so brazenly. It is as if the Republican Party strategists think that American voters are all stupid and will believe even the most obvious lies.
    Perhaps this is all needed so that enough Americans will realize how dangerous these ideologues are and vote them out of office decisively and permanently. Maybe that is what is necessary to throw these money changers out of our Temple.

    October 6, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. SensibleCitizen

    Given what Reps are doing, if at all their guy is elected president in 2016, he/she should be immediately impeached just for being republican!

    October 6, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Mr. Boehner,
    You are rich and you have health insurance, so you don't care other poor people who don't have health insurance.

    October 6, 2013 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Joe

    I am astonished by the sheer gall of the speaker and the house republicans. For the past several months the senate had been trying to have a committee meeting with the house to negotiate. The republicans refused so that they could cause the shutdown and create this crisis. Now they whine that no-one talks to them. Well, the GOP has not since the president was elected ever negotiated in good faith, even when the dems have presented them with Republican ideas – like many of the provisions of the Affordable Healthcare Act. It did used to be Romney care in Massachusetts long before it was Obama care. While we are at it, Cap and Trade was initially a Reagan idea that was implemented by Bush senior to combat acid rain. McCain and Palin even ran on it. Check out the youtube videos of them campaigning for it. Then Obama was elected, he tried to make it happen and it became cap and tax. I am sick and tired of the lies and absolute disloyalty of the GOP. This is all a political game while real people suffer the consequences.

    October 6, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. drcid777

    The time to take a stand is when arguments are made before the Affordable Care Act is passed into law.
    The time to take a stand is during the Presidential election campaign that determines the will of the American people.

    Holding the country hostage is not the answer, elections do have consequences and those who have been intransigent and unwilling to comprise are now complaining about the lack of compromise.
    Welcome to Wonderland.

    October 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Uncle Benny

    Hey Boehner, got news for you. You lost on ACA. You lost the 2012 Presidential election, and you lost seats in Congress. You lost when ACA before the Supreme Court. Cut out the tantrum and move on.

    October 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Mike

    Absolutely ridiculous. Obmacare as much as none of us like it, it is the LAW. NO one has given the congress the power to use politics over what is already a LAW. You must repeal it by using the 2/3 majority vote.

    October 6, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. yogi

    Republicans have come dangerously to the edge of sanity and are about to jump off the cliff, they are beyond pathetic. Stupidity is their MO, and NO their sacred mantra.

    October 6, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Crop1981

    It is time to declare Marshall Law and rein these idiots in!

    October 6, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. allenwoll

    I would see Bohner and his fellow GoPerCONs thrown into Federal Prison for at least twenty years for attempted paid subversion of the U S political system.

    October 6, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  24. Tony

    Democrats should demand that House Republicans fund the government and raise the debt ceiling, or there will be impeachment proceedings against Boehner and Cruz in the next Congress.

    October 6, 2013 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  25. Questions401

    John Boehner is a coward plain and simple, he fears losing his job so much he is afraid to do what is right for the American people.

    October 6, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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