October 10th, 2013
05:40 PM ET
12 months ago

Republican congressman: Defunding Obamacare is 'off the table'

Washington (CNN) - In one week, the Treasury will run out of cash to pay its bills if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling. House Republicans are now offering a six-week extension of federal borrowing to avoid that scenario.

But what about the government shutdown – the consequence of inaction on federal spending and bitter partisan warfare over Obamacare that has gripped the nation since last Tuesday and shows no sign of ending?

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  1. Sniffit

    Newsflash: It was never ON the table in the first place, dillhole.

    October 10, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Data Driven

    Lesson for Dems: don't cave to rebellion, and WE WIN.

    October 10, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. disgusted retiree

    I wonder if we default, and the rest of the world falls into chaos, would our shuttered factories be forced to reopen?

    October 10, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    "But what about the government shutdown – the consequence of inaction on federal spending and bitter partisan warfare over Obamacare that has gripped the nation since last Tuesday and shows no sign of ending?"

    Ah, yes. The media manufactured hoopla that was never going anywhere to begin with? No doubt another "crisis" will emerge ... courtesy of the media. The Brothers-Koch will insist on it.

    October 10, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. The Ham

    Good... let it go... but in a year they will stop calling it Obamacare... they won't want anything to do with it...

    October 10, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    “We get that” approval ratings for Republicans are horrific, said Lankford. “The people in our districts, I can tell you, don't want to do a government shutdown, neither do we.”

    Newsfash #2. We are IN a Republican induced shutdown.

    October 10, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  7. rs

    So to summarize:

    The shutdown never was about the ACA
    The GOP never did settle on a reason to shutdown the government it just did it....
    The GOP wants to do this again in another few weeks (a Merry Christmas shutdown?! Really!?)

    The one thing we really do know for sure- the GOP is a whole lot less popular than it was 10 days ago, and the next "autopsy" conducted by Mr. Priebus as he tries to bring meaning to the GOP will be very, very interesting indeed.

    October 10, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. MolonLabe

    @DisgustedRetiree:

    If we default, the Red Chinese will sell their holdings of our debt and/or call it in at Weimar-hyperinflationary rates, while our prisons will be turned into extermination camps. Our shuttered factories will be opened as FEMA camps to house our newest slave labour force made up of people who cannot service their consumer debt as they work to pay off the Chinese.

    October 10, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    See, PPACA enactment is a Law. President signed. Upheld by SC. Hon'ble chief justice John Roberts admitted this. What is the problem, then? Nothing.

    October 10, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Why? It will bankrupt America if allowed to go forward, so you will accomplish nothing by allowing it to go forward.

    October 10, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    disgusted retiree
    I wonder if we default, and the rest of the world falls into chaos, would our shuttered factories be forced to reopen?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Most have been closed for so long, everything inside is obsolete. We'd need people from india and china to build and run the equipment.

    October 10, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. TomInRochNY

    As far as I'm concerned voting for republicans in 2014 and 2016 is off the table. Next he'll do a Charlie Sheen, "Winning!"

    October 10, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. don in albuquerque

    @disgusted retiree–Probably not, but we might find ourselves on the losing end of a WWIII. Which is what the GOTP would really like anyway.

    October 10, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  14. S. B. Stein

    It is about time! It is a law now and has been up held by the Supreme Court. Taking on any law should be done not during a budget negotiation.

    October 10, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    "There are reportedly enough votes to pass a “clean” funding bill to refill federal coffers – one that would not include big Republican demands that the president’s signature healthcare initiative be defunded or delayed."

    Enough votes ... and yet Boehner won't let it come to the floor of the House for a vote. Why? Because he and any repub who would vote for the clean CR are wetting their panties in fear that Karl Rove and Grover Norquist, bankrolled by the likes of the Koch brothers, will "primary" them, they won't be reelected and they'll have to get off the government gravy train they supposedly despise.

    Boehner and the GOP are nothing but a bunch of craven hypocrites.

    October 10, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Check it out: Redge Ranyard, WWII Veteran. I love his take on the current crop of repubs.

    October 10, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  17. rajuarun28

    great video ! very intresting to hear that If defunding obamacare is off the table...

    October 11, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |