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. T E X A S

    A bad way to conduct government Mr. Speaker.

    October 6, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Joe

    Republicans are dead beats who don't want to pay their debts.

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

    The President does not have to negotiate with thugs and that is all the Republicans are–a bunch of thugs. All Boehner needs to do is send a clean CR to the Senate. The President does not need to do anything. Who the hell do they think they are?

    October 6, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. ColoradoJoe

    Notice, the GOP STILL has not presented a better plan. Most of congress agree way back under Bush's time that the health care system was broken. Notice what they did about it. NOTHING. And they still haven't presented anything better.

    October 6, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  5. Uncle Benny

    2014 is not that far off, Boehner. After you've wrecked the US economy, after the dollar has dropped like a rock, after the rest of the world has totally lost faith in the US, we'll remember it was you who said to keep up the fight.

    October 6, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. Hiruu

    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."

    Notice how the GOP are always trying to SAVE America, when they re out of power, and after they lose power, AFTER royally messing things up, they come back with the same yarn, and their moron supporters eat it up.

    October 6, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. Observer107

    Quite a little pickle we find ourselves in, isn't it?

    October 6, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. keven

    Don't believe a word Boehner says. PUT IT TO A VOTE !!!

    October 6, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Jim

    Is this going to affect Boehner's health care or just the private sector. Does Boehner's prescription drug policy have a donut hole in it. Is there any government employees health care this is going to affect, no to all of these questions. Oh, and they have already said that all of the federal employees will receive all of their back pay. Wow, can you beat that, solid gold health care policy, stay home, go fishing and get paid for it. Oh, but wait the government employees may have to live on credit cards for awhile while Boehner and the rest of his crew – who are Republican first and American second continue to collect their pay and grandstand for the TV. The reason we are in this fix is because of the Republican parties handling of the economy while 'W' was in office and lying to us while starting two wars.

    October 6, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. TrumanTown

    Republicans being completely irresponsible, as usual.

    October 6, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Patrish

    The only problem we have is the Republicans as they dig their heels in. So as we go down in flames.... we can thank the Republicans. It's been 17 years since we had a shut down. Thanks Boehner for your pathetic leadership!!

    October 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  12. GonzoinHouston

    Crazy idea of the day: Boehner submits a clear CR to the house for a voice vote. It passes. Every republican later swears that they voted against it. The TP's, enraged, try to remove Boehner as Speaker. Pelosi arranges for the demmies to support Boehner through 2014. Boehner is re-confirmed as Speaker by another voice vote. I know, it ain't gonna happen. Still, the idea of the dems coming to Boehner's rescue as a way out of the shutdown is attractive.

    October 6, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  13. James Klimaski

    Boehner isn't the one who should be quoted concerning what the Republicans in the House intends to do. It is Senator Cruz who is the Speaker in fact. And Senator Cruz would rather see the Federal Government's downfall then create a health care system for all Americans. Why should he care anyway, as Senator Cruz is a Canadian and can get free health care just by driving north. Or for that matter he can head to Cuba, the country of his father, and get free health care there too.

    October 6, 2013 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  14. dloewenstein

    The arguments made by the Republican House speaker rings hollow.He is desperately afraid of losing the speakership if he does not give in to the radical fringe of his party. Both he and Ted Cruz threatened to shut down government if the Affordable Healthcare Act were not abolished or denied funding in the Continuing Resolution. Now that they did it (and are also bringing us to the brink of a default), they are trying to look like they are concerned about the American people by trying piecemeal funding of certain parts of the government and blaming the Democrats when not negotiating. These tantrums of making outrageous demands over settled law (the Affordable Care Act) and then screaming that the President is not negotiating is a tactic my daughter outgrew when she reached 4 years of age. The President should not give into these threats or our government will continue to become dysfunctional every time someone does not get "their way". The American people must demand a clean Continuing Resolution, raising the ceiling to prevent default and fiscal calamity and then BOTH parties need to put in a room and made to compromise. If they are unable, our only recourse and salvation as a country is to vote them all out. Maybe then there will be more concern about the will of the American people than ego driven ideology or special interests. God Bless America.

    October 6, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. A True Dupe

    Oh, Johnny, you just don't get it, do you? Look, we all know your political career ended last Tuesday. But you still have the opportunity to accomplish one productive thing in your tenure at Speaker. Throw in the towel and walk away knowing you did the right thing. There's nothing wrong with passing a clean CR. ACA, after all, is the law of the land and so it shall remain.

    October 6, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  16. Peter

    The GOP want the democrats to place the first major health reform legislation in past 50 years on the table. I used to think Republicans were just ignorant, now I know they're stupid. What it boils down to is that the Republicans are afraid once Americans start using the program, they'll love it and the GOP will receive zero credit (as they should) and subsequently look like a bunch of extremist obstructionists (as they are) heading into the 2016 election against Clinton. The GOP should have let sleeping dogs lie.

    October 6, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Romnesia

    China is loving this...just speeding up the process for them(google for Chinese university professor speech about the fall of the u.s). .

    October 6, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. Holy Mural

    The polls we have taken show that people are thankful for being able to keeps young people on the parents health insurance until 26. People do not know every nook and cranny of Obamacare, but people do support reform of the healthcare system, and people do not believe the Republicans would have changed the healthcare system to help average people. When asked who is to blame for the shutdown of government, the vast majority of people believe the Republicans are to blame... and the Republican Party is controlled by radicals and extremists who want to see the government collapse...

    October 6, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. vs101

    If this overt display of insanity does not wake sane people out of their slumber and vote the republicans out of office, then nothing will and we are doomed as a nation to go the way of the Roman empire. Wake up people!

    October 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Karin

    I would like to think that the bulk of Americans come voting season will remember this sabotage from the Republicans. Though, history has shown me that most Americans forget what they had for breakfast the day prior. Thus, this crap will continue year after year. It truly is a shame that we are crippled by our delusional limitation of a two party system. As far as I can tell having more than two would allow more votes to pass or not... Rather than having everything tumble down due to one party.

    October 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. king

    obamacare is the main thing that have brought this country back from the abyss. when almost every factories packed up and went over seas leaving the American economy a wasteland. obamacare brought back American jobs, and if the repubs get rid of the only thing in town that brings jobs to normal folks and not just allowing the robots and animations to take our jobs. Americans are in deep dodo.

    October 6, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Bryan Seifstein

    All of congress needs to be impeached right now and a emergency election needs to be held. This is stupid. If the Republicans wanted to fix the ACA then they should have fixed it while it was made or brought up each individual point that needs to be fixed and worked on it that way. What they are doing now is not democracy nor is it mature. The Democrates have let the Republicans and media anger them to such a degree that they will also not act in a mature way. This congress is broken and will never work. All of them need to be impeached now!

    October 6, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Danny592

    Political terrorists, big business is his friend, poor mad middle class is his doorstep

    October 6, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Fish

    Boehner is lying when he says a clean bill won't pass the house, it will pass if he drops the Hastert rule, again and again the misinformation train keeps chugging along!!!

    October 6, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. annoyed999

    Go Republicans! Time to stand and deliver! The majority of the American public does NOT want Obamacare. The majority of Americans want the spending to stop and the budget brought under control. Time to listen to the voters!

    October 6, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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