House Democrats amplify criticism of Boehner for shutdown
October 8th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
1 year ago

House Democrats amplify criticism of Boehner for shutdown

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders Tuesday sought to show party solidarity by continuing to blame congressional Republicans, specifically House Speaker John Boehner, for the partial government shutdown.

Following a caucus leadership meeting, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly compared Boehner's influence over the House to a 19th century monarch.

"He's in charge and he has enabled if not encouraged this reckless behavior and it's time for him to lead and to be the speaker, the title of which he possesses," said Connolly. "In the 19th century, in Russia, when workers were persecuted they gave the benefit of the doubt to the czar and the expression often used was 'if only the czar knew' but of course it was the czar who was behind the programs. Now we've got to stop giving the benefit of the doubt to John Boehner."

Rep. Jim Crowley, the vice chair of the Democratic House Caucus,  also pointed fingers at Boehner.

"We've been talking for quite some time now that Mr. Boehner has either enabled the tea party faction of his caucus to run the caucus or maybe it's part of his plan, maybe this is not the tea party shutdown as it is Speaker Boehner's shutdown. Either way, the responsibility falls at his feet," Crowley explained.

Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the caucus, expressed his frustration with Boehner's decision not to bring up a 'clean' CR, or a continuing resolution without any Republican attachments.

"For whatever reason Republican Speaker John Boehner and our Republican colleagues have refused to allow all 433 of us a chance to vote on the floor of the House of Representatives to reopen our government,' and apparently Rep. Becerra is keeping count of who would vote and which way, adding, "it's not now one, not two not three but some six to eight independent news organizations which have verified that there are enough votes today in the House of Representatives to reopen our government but yet Republican Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow members of Congress to exercise their obligation and to vote to open this government."

Boehner, with the Republican House conference standing behind him, said Tuesday that it was the Democrats and the president who are hindering progress in ending the government shutdown

"Americans expect us to work out our differences but refusing to negotiate is an untenable position and frankly by refusing to negotiate Harry Reid and the president are putting our country on a pretty dangerous path. Listen, there's never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once," stated the House Speaker.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 200 Democrats and 18 Republicans in the House would vote for a clean continuing resolution to reopen the federal government, according to an on-going CNN survey of House members.


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soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This is more like a dictatorship rather than a monarchy. Boehner and his Tea Queda members have our economy strapped to their chest and are about to detonate it.

    October 8, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. just saying

    obama and the democrats need to come to the bargaining table and negotiate. they do not own and run all of the government. they cannot stampede and make demands of the other duly elected representatives. if the american people had wanted the democrats to run everything, they would not have thrown them out of office in record numbers in 2010. accept reality democrats. you don't get to dictate to the peoples house. stand firm republicans, stand firm.

    October 8, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. kirk

    Once the gop decided they will share blame, they are empowered and capable of reaching their goal of destroying our economy, heard any gop worrying about the people? Me either.

    October 8, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    No matter how the tea baggers are spinning it now that they found out the American people do not like the republican shutdown. the GOP owns it. The cheering republicans at the deadline when they shut down the government will never be forgotten. 80 republicans sent a letter to Boehner demanding government be shut down, and Michele Bachmann said it was exactly what they wanted.

    October 8, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Evergreen

    How do you compromise with people who got elected by saying they don't believe in compromise. Cruz and the teaparty reps ran against republicans who reached acrossed party lines in order to govern.

    October 8, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  6. Rachael Roberts

    I almost feel sorry for Boehner, but then I am already over that! You cannot galvanize the Tea Party in order to use them, iand then expect them not to want to keep overrall control. They have only one agenda, and that is to destroy the United States of America. These are ruthless, soul-less, power hungry money grubbers. This is a monster you helped create, GOP, now don't expect us to lend you any sympathy. You are right where you belong, quarely in a hot mess.

    October 8, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. ED1

    That's all the Democrats and Obama do is play the blame game and divide this Country.

    We can't keep overspending what we don't have why can't they see that.

    Obama is a waste of tax payers money the way it is now. I tried I don't know how many times to go online it just doesn't work like our Government we are not here to run a a business because they can't.

    This from what I hear is a Government for the people by the people not ram bills down our throats without reading them like Obamacare.

    October 8, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Thomas

    @ust saying
    obama and the democrats need to come to the bargaining table and negotiate. they do not own and run all of the government. they cannot stampede and make demands of the other duly elected representatives. if the american people had wanted the democrats to run everything, they would not have thrown them out of office in record numbers in 2010. accept reality democrats. you don't get to dictate to the peoples house. stand firm republicans, stand firm.

    ======

    Please call Ted Cruz at GREENEGGSANHAM

    October 8, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "I can keep going if you want. The media is hugely liberal. It's not even worth a discussion unless you're too blinded. The only one throwing out this "false equivalence" are hardcord liberals. That's it. Perhaps it's you that are out of whack."

    1. Yes, please keep going. I love watching you flail desperately and I would love even more if you could find something more relevant than 17 years old studies that talk about the media at that time.

    2. I don't give a crap whether the people in the MSM are mostly Dems or mostly Republicans or mostly brain damaged. Their output is objectively based on manufacturing false equivalencies. They have one motive from top down: get as many viewers/clickers as possible to generate as much ad revenue as possible. Their profit motive has made ad revenue the new arbiter of truth. The way they have determined is best to get the most viewers/clickers and portray themselves as unbiased and objective is to always...ALWAYS...pretend that there are no facts, evidence, data, historical record, expert opinions etc. that prove one side right and one side wrong, or one side rational and the other side completely insane...to play he-said-she-said so as to "give everyone a chance to be heard" and offend as few potential viewers/clickers as possible, etc....to sensationalize the extreme and radical so that its prominence is inflated and the sheer volume of exposure to it makes everyone think that it's more pervasive and mainstream than it really is. All of it translates to false equivalence. ALL OF IT.

    October 8, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  10. facistamerica

    GOP owns it...tea party responsible,,

    October 8, 2013 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  11. ED1

    The house is doing what they were voted in to do stop the Democrats out of control spending if the Republicans own anything it's because they were elected to do just that stop the spending and anything that puts us deeper in debt.

    October 8, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "ram bills down our throats without reading them like Obamacare."

    Yeah, clearly nobody knew what was in it, which is why the GOP/Teatrolls were able to pick out so many very specific parts of it to demagogue with talking points like "death panels." They had no idea what was in it...but they knew exactly what to point at and mischaracterize as "death panels"...yup. You, sir, fell for the GOP/Teatroll game of spewing forth talking points that cover all possibilities, even when it forces then to say things that are self-contradictory.

    October 8, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    "Americans expect us to work out our differences but refusing to negotiate is an untenable position and frankly by refusing to negotiate Harry Reid and the president are putting our country on a pretty dangerous path. Listen, there's never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once," stated the House Speaker.
    ---------------
    True, except that Boehner isn't asking to negotiate over the debt limit. Is he? This is how Republicans lie to you by telling you the truth, or rather half-truths. Republicans want to nickel and dime policy to their liking through a series of short term CRs that threaten our economy each time they come up for renewal.

    They don't have enough votes to influence policy, so they try to effect change through fear. It worked in 2011, which is why they are back for more this time. And this time, they are looking for CR that lasts just a few weeks. They wish to return to this well and force more right wing social engineering down all of our throats.

    October 8, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    obama and the democrats need to come to the bargaining table and negotiate. they do not own and run all of the government. they cannot stampede and make demands of the other duly elected representatives. if the american people had wanted the democrats to run everything, they would not have thrown them out of office in record numbers in 2010. accept reality democrats. you don't get to dictate to the peoples house. stand firm republicans, stand firm.
    **************
    Then negotiate. What is the GOP prepared to give up? The GOP was only saved from losing the House through gerrymandering, losing the vote total for the House be several million, so please spare us the pablum about owning the " People's House". Most of the time you come on here sneering at anyone who says anything other than the intellectual babyfood you get paid to post. You don't get to dictate to the Senate and the President, sunny jim. You've got nothing to offer, except surrender. How does it feel to be an offical Koch Brothers poodle?

    October 8, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Obamacare was not rammed down any ones' throats. It was passed in the senate, the house, signed by the president and upheld by the supreme court. A great amount of red state's taxpayer's money was wasted in the frivolous lawsuit by uninformed red state attorney generals. Like the Civil War, you right wingnuts need to get over it.

    October 8, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. TheObserver

    Americans expect us to work out our differences but refusing to negotiate is an untenable position and frankly by refusing to negotiate Harry Reid and the president are putting our country on a pretty dangerous path. Listen, there's never been a president in our history that did not negotiate over the debt limit. Never. Not once," stated the House Speaker.

    I think we put our country on a "dangerous path" when we elected these childish fools in Washington into office. I think we've been on the same "dangerous path" since the Harry Truman years. It's the path that Dwight Eisenhower SPECIFICALLY warned America about as he saw it evolving. But we didn't listen. Federal politicians began to care more about what would get them re-elected rather than what was needed. Along side this, America's most profitable companies essentially figured out ways to stop paying taxes and pocket the profit.

    Don't act surprised. It's the world we live in and things will repeat in this fashion unless the people do something to stop it. American politics is/has been broken. This is just another example of what a broken government looks/acts like.

    October 8, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    "refusing to negotiate is an untenable position"

    So why is that what the GOP/Teatrolls are doing?

    October 8, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. Ol' Yeller

    I love that the fallacy that the ACA Bill was not even read before it was passed is still being thumped like the Bible by some of our more intellectually challenged brethren on here. I'm sure some te abagg ers didn't read it, but that is what you get for electing illiterates in your district.
    ED1 your post cracked me up... I'm sure you and TED1 (cruz) would have a wonderful conversation over dinner. Maybe you could practice putting together a sentence that actually made sense and wasn't just a bunch of republicant talking points crammed together.

    October 8, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Sniffit
    "I can keep going if you want. The media is hugely liberal. It's not even worth a discussion unless you're too blinded. The only one throwing out this "false equivalence" are hardcord liberals. That's it. Perhaps it's you that are out of whack."

    =====

    When you awake in the morning do you turn on Fox or do you go right to the North Korean Morning Tea Show ?

    October 8, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  20. Gurgyl

    Very pathetic extortion by GOP thugs–linked to Al Queda.

    October 8, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    ED1 wrote:

    This from what I hear is a Government for the people by the people not ram bills down our throats without reading them like Obamacare.
    -------------------–
    So what you're really saying is that the Republican Senators were too incompetent to do their jobs. Sen. Cornyn was the leading Republican on the Senate Committee that drafted the legislation. If he and his colleague on the Committee didn't passs the information along to their fellows, then don't blame the Democrats.

    Besides, Republicans knew about every detail that was in the bill months before the vote was taken. They'd been fear mongering about "death panels" and other horrors for months on end.

    October 8, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. Hector Slagg

    Whazzat, ?
    The Democrats put all these Spending Programs in place including "Dummy" Care and now they want the Republician's to pay for it? Sorry Pal, you pay for it ! For 40 years the Democrats had the Congress. Why all of a sudden do they refuse to take responsibilty?? Sorry begging won't cut it. Time to start paying up.

    October 8, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Marcus (from...?)

    just saying – just the other day I read a book of simple-to-very-difficult charades using Sherlock Holmes as the one who asked the charades or answered them. One of them was just a matter of describe something in a very unfriendly light, because it described a child rescue operation made by firefighters as a mob invading a home (in flames) to save a kid's life.
    Your comment reminded me of that charade almost immediately.

    October 8, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Marcus (from...?)

    Somehow it did not made it out as I wanted, here's the correct phrase:
    'One of them was just a matter of describe something in a very unfriendly light, because it described a child rescue operation made by firefighters as a mob invading a home (in flames) to save a kid's life... as a mob invading a house to do what they wanted in spite of the house owners' opposition.

    October 8, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. kirk

    So ed, do you refuse to pay the bill when you go out to eat, demand to negotiate before you pay, no .but this is different huh? Fools one and all. Careful what you ask for, we all just might get it!

    October 8, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
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