October 6th, 2013
01:26 PM ET
10 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. jhthales

    Yanks are weird. The most powerful country in the world yet the most dysfunctional. Go figure.

    October 6, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. don

    This is like those videos where the male bird shows the female bird how big its feathers are, then another male bird comes in and gets a beat down from the first bird. Then nothing else happens.

    October 6, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Sandy

    It's sad to witness first hand the implosion of the Republican Party......I wonder what new Party will rise from its ashes.....and will they have learned from their preacssors errors.

    October 6, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Bob

    Time for you Republicans with sense to call for Boehner to be replaced as speaker.

    October 6, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. jzap

    Let them vote up or down. The affordable care act will have more short term harm and that is what the Republicans are afraid of is that their window of opportunity is slipping away and they will have mud and egg on their face.

    I agree that the law will cost us in he short term, but insurance companies and hospitals are using the law as an excuse to raise rates and layoff workers. Lets see their profit margins at the end of the year.

    October 6, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. bilk7

    You stay on that stand Mr Speaker and you're helping Ted Cruz destroy the Republican Party. Wake UP! Stop listening to the extremists and do want America wants! Put up a clean CR to vote on and stop blackmailing the country over the ACA, which has already passed and will not go away!

    October 6, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. Linda Ramert

    The Republican house members are beginning to look a lot like homeland terrorists. Instead of guns and bombs they are using their votes to bring down the government. iI guess the debt ceiling vote was just to good a target to pass up. If they have their way we will become a third rate country and Russia and China will gladly step into the breech. Shame on you, Republicans or is it Republicants? You have no honor or sense of duty to your country.

    October 6, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. Skarphace

    It does not matter what we say. The Tea Party has wanted from the start to shut down our government. It is unfortunate that a minority of the country can have this power, but it looks like we are going to go into a default unless Obama invokes the 14th Amendment, which he does not want to do for obvious reasons. Here comes the roller coaster, folks. I hope your jobs are secure because the Tea Party wants a depression and they may just get it.

    The Tea Party wants so badly to say, "See? This is what you get when you elect a minority as POTUS. This 'experiment' has failed." They got what they wanted (in the words of Bachmann), and now they hope you blame Obama for it.

    October 6, 2013 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  9. Bill LaPlante

    Sounds like Boehner is working for Cruz. Neither is working in the best interest of the United States of America. Time to dump the Tea Party into the Potomac......

    October 6, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Boehner should resign. There is one iron clad rule: do not negotiate with terrorists. It is a slippery slope and only generates more misery and chaos. Time to make a stand against blackmail, anarchy and tea party.

    October 6, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. callmecrazy

    I think Carney misunderstood Boehner. He said they didn't have the votes for a clean debt increase. He didn't claim not to have votes for a clean CR. Boehener should stop accusing Reid of not bringing up bills if he isn't going to bring up the clean CR.

    October 6, 2013 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  12. Larry

    I would not characterize this as a negotiation. If someone makes demands and the other side is defending an existing position without new demands, I argue that is not a negotiation. Unless someone can define for me what demands the Democrats are making as condition to restarting the government.

    October 6, 2013 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  13. an American

    These people would distroy this country's economy over enacted law. Unbewlievable!

    October 6, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. hl31

    Boheher is doing Tea party's bidding because his Speakership is a gift from Tea party. He will destroy GOP but will never destroy USA. Get ready to attend GOP's funeral.

    October 6, 2013 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  15. President Messiah Darky

    Negotiations? What negotiations?? It is my way or I'm bring the country down. That would be WAY ahead of when I planned to do it.

    October 6, 2013 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Kim

    My dad, a lifetime NRA member, retired military, Republican all his life went to the courthouse and changed his party affiliation to Democrat last week. The Republicans are dead.

    October 6, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. HallLadyK

    The GOP wants to control the president like a slave. How sick and disgusting.

    October 6, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. Bill

    What is amazing me over the shutdown is how much aid we already provide for people. From what I hear, you don't need to work in the USA any more. The government will feed you, cloth you, watch your kids, & provide "health care" (free drugs). Soon, I suspect the government will pay your monthly smart phone & cable bill. No wonder within days everyone started screaming about the shutdown. Most of america is now dependent upon the government to take care of them. When Americans can no longer do for themselves, it is the beginning of the end for the USA.

    October 6, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. Antman

    I am embarrassed as a republican today. What has become of our party. It's very, very sad.

    October 6, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Logic N LA

    If Obama gives in I may call for his recall myself. These thugs have no right to hold us hostage while wasting money.
    People furloughed , only to be told they will receive back pay is the same as giving them paid vacations at taxpayer expense. This, plus it is costing us money everyday the government in closed.
    They claim to be the party of fiscal responsibility. 13 years of financial irresponsibility says that moniker no longer applies.

    October 6, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. Robyn

    This is America, Mr. Boehner. We vote to settle our differences.
    We do not take hostages and talk about destroying the American economy to win a political game.
    Let it come to a vote and let's see which Republicans choose to stand against America.

    October 6, 2013 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Dogs tooth

    I have never seen such stupidity coming from the white house, Worst president this country ever had. Even worst then Carter.

    October 6, 2013 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. AngryDave

    So drive the country over the cliff, to try and get your way like a baby throwing a tantrum..if you don't like the law, then use the political system to change it or remove it. Beyond the ACA this type of tactic sets a dangerous precedent...forget our system of governing..our majority rules elections..forget it all..if a party doesn't get its way they will hold the whole country hostage to get what they want? No, sir..no way..don't give in to these domestic terrorists.. Americans rejected the bull the Repubs tried to sell at the last election so your going to ruin the country to get your way?

    October 6, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. ak_steve

    So, basically Bonehead is saying he will let the GOP crumble the nations economy unless the president does what they say.

    Hmmm.... and the GOP has whose interest in mind when they do this?

    October 6, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. ak_steve

    Hey GOP – you lost the election. The Affordable Care Act won. Stop trying to kill our economy in order to get what you want. You lost. You are losers. And if you keep it up you will make the entire country a bunch of losers.

    Obviously you don't care what the majority think as you are doing your best to undermine the foundations of democracy but not allowing votes on things you know you'll lose.

    Thanks GOP for destroying America.

    October 6, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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