House Republican: "It's up to Senate Republicans"
October 12th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
6 months ago

House Republican: "It's up to Senate Republicans"

Washington (CNN) - House Republicans are slamming the White House for not negotiating with them. House Speaker John Boehner told GOP rank-and-file that President Barack Obama was rejecting the House GOP offer and instead working with Senators from both parties to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

"I'm disappointed that the President has rejected the offer that we put on the table," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. "I know that he's trying to see which Republican Senator he can pick off in the Senate. I hope that the Senate Republicans stand strong so we can speak with one voice."


"All eyes are on the Senate," said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois. "It doesn't seem like the White House is serious at all about entering negotiations with us until they see what comes out of the Senate. If they get something out of the Senate that's weaker than our negotiated position, it obviously strengthens their position."

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, was more blunt.

"The President rejected our deal," he said. "It's up to Senate Republicans to stand up to the President."

Those Senate Republicans are in the midst of talks with their colleagues across the aisle. A bipartisan group of about 10 Senators, led by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, met Friday afternoon to try to find a way forward in the Senate, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

Collins' plan for a longer extension of the debt limit and government funding has gained some traction. Her proposal would repeal the 2.3% tax on medical devices, which is used to help pay for Obamacare, and give federal agencies greater flexibility to deal with the forced spending cuts known as sequestration.

With the White House's rejection of House Republicans' offer, members will head home to their district for the weekend, many of them angry at what they see as an intransigent administration.

Rep. John Fleming, R-Louisiana, said the President has negotiated in bad faith and that he never intended to reach a deal, only bait and switch.

The Republican caucus has never been more unified than they now are against a "very bad" deal between Senate Republicans and the President, he said.

GOP leadership will remain in Washington to continue negotiations, advising their members they could possibly call them back for a vote. As of now, though, no votes are planned, and members will return Monday afternoon.

–CNN’s Dana Bash contributed to this report.

soundoff (178 Responses)
  1. Jm

    Why is this like a game of win or lose, what became of the American people!! The TEAPUBLICAN/Republicans are controlled by big money, the Koch brothers and big oil and big pharma!! They need to move pass the self interest and do the job abd stop being obstructionist coming back asking the same questions.

    October 12, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    This shutsown is due to the right wing nut jobs who are bent on destroying the country.

    October 12, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. tygre

    Good MOOORNING Viet-Nam! …Dit dit dah dah dit dit… In the news today Boehner said negotiations were “fruitless”. Sources say that teabilly-brain-trust Cantor left his Yoho at home and was unable to dish out anything that made sense. …Dit dit dah dah dit dit… Boehner was quoted in the news as saying “we had to take a stand” in defense of him shutting the government down and threatening the American people. In related developments, North Korea complained that Boehner is stealing from their playbook and plan to file charges in The Hague. …Dit dit dah dah dit dit… The White House Easter Egg Planning Board has announced next year’s hunt: A prize will be given to anyone who locates John Boehners balls. …Dit dit dah dah dit dit… England declared the colonies a failure and offered to dump teabilly tea at sea to help remove the mental goo from the teabaters. …Dit dit dah dah dit dit… And finally, wall street investment houses are selling a new derivative known as Boehner Economic Debacle (b-ED) notes. Sources say you can trade them with China to put dirt on the dinner table; where they are officially known as the American Tealapse Economic Accident Notes (A-TEA Notes). VERRRRY Catchy! …Dit dit dah dah dit dit… And that’s it boys and girls! Be safe out there! …Dit dit dah dah dit dit…

    October 12, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  4. tsocrates

    GIANT corporations dictate to their political puppets what WILL happen.
    PR firms work with their bought puppets & media to script the reasons why.

    As long as you believe what they tell you, you're usually getting emotionally involved in something that is not even a real topic. It's called slight of hand in the world of illusion.

    Stop believing corporate PR/media.
    You are not "free".
    You do not have a "democracy".
    It's all been scripted for your obedience.

    Now, get back to work, and make them THEIR money, B!+C#

    October 12, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Republicans seem to be taking comfort for the fact that one out of five Americans agree with them.

    October 12, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  6. Larry282

    Our President should reject any deals with these traitors! This is no longer political. It's an attempt to bring down this Government! That, my friends, is TREASON!

    October 12, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Harry B Shaw

    All repubs are either Traitors or cowards

    October 12, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Kinard

    In 2014, it's up to the voters. Good bye, and good riddance GOP..

    October 12, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. navaJohn

    Hey GOP, ever think that the President was standing up to YOU?

    October 12, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. mikeb

    So after refusing to negotiate 19 times since April , republicans are mad because the President wont accept the same bag of lunacy , prettied up . I wonder why , DUH !

    October 12, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  11. Eric B

    How to kill your entire party and destroy a government in 2 easy steps

    October 12, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Questions401

    Only six weeks delay of the debt ceiling and keeping the government closed is a bad offer, so of course the president rejected it...

    This is what happens when you have voting districts for the house of representatives made up of small towns plus a massive prison populations, you know the people who can't actually vote for their representative but still some how count towards getting an extra seat in the house....

    October 12, 2013 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. Hector Slagg

    The Liberal's are trying to have the government in charge of everything. That was tried in the Old Soviet Union. A "Smashing Success".

    October 12, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. Bob

    Sorry, I don't consider Boehner and his tea party cronnies as house Republicans. When he allows his OWN elected house republicans to vote Obama will talk to him. Right now Obama is tired of talking with juveniles.

    October 12, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. Diana

    Yeah!! Obama stood his ground. I am so proud of him!! Democrats unite behind the President!

    October 12, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  16. lloyd roberts

    Take a look at a picture of the infamous Senator Joseph McCarthy and the president Senator Ted Cruz from Texas. Almost identical. It's like Cruz is trying to live in McCarthy's image. Compare photos, split at birht, or reincarnation

    October 12, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. moxjox

    "The Republican caucus has never been more unified than they now are against a "very bad" deal between Senate Republicans and the President.."

    So the PRESIDENT AND THE SENATE REPUBLICANS might agree on something BUT the House doesn't like it?
    Maybe the Republican Senators are NOT on a kamikaze mission like the House? How about that!

    October 12, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  18. Tampa Tim

    Of course it is up to the senate, the incompetent speaker of the house has the entire world wondering why he wants a global economic crisis.

    October 12, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The idiot cantor said ,the seate should speak with one voice the same as the house. Except the senate doesn't want to be taged with the GOP party of stupid that the house has EARNED!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  20. David M Spitzberg, CPA

    Congress Is Amazing. We Hire Them To Do Important Work. They Fight Among Themselves. The Work Doesn't Get Done. They Overspend Our Money and Then Consider Not Paying Our Bills. And We Continue To Elect Them. Now, If We Behaved Like That In Our Jobs, Would We Be Employed For Long? It's Our Fault.

    October 12, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. Mike Texoma

    The Tea Party see Susan Collins as a traitor. But if she puts this deal together and the Senate passes it and it goes to the house, it will get an up-or-down vote and then we will see if Boehner is right. I hope she does it. And then I hope it passes the House. And that, my friends, could be the demise of Boehner and the beginning of a functional Congress.

    October 12, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  22. the hippies were right

    The issue right now is the shut down and the debt limit. That issue and only that issue is what Obama is saying needs to be dealt with right now. That is what the senate and Obama has asked for all along. The house decided to throw in issues with the ACA disregarding the urgency and importance of avoiding a shutdown and not raising the debt limit and while knowing all along Obama wouldn't budge. They only wanted him to look bad. The ACA is a law whether you like it or not. Nothing the house can do will change that. The president wants the shutdown to end and the debt limit raised with no strings attached so innocent people can get back to work and our economy doesn't tank. These are all facts, not opinions. You Obama haters would not want negotiations if the issue was banning firearm purchases instead of the ACA. For once admit your beloved GOP is wrong and Boehner needs to hold a vote or give up. Your arguments are making you all look like spoiled, pea-brained hypocrites. Another issue with repealing the 2.3% tax on medical devices. ACA is a law that isn't going anywhere and has to be paid for. Removing this small tax, from an industry that profits millions and millions only moves the burden of paying for the ACA somewhere else, it doesn't fix or stop the ACA, it creates more problems. So if this passes, you can thank your GOP again for looking out for millionaires profits and not you!

    October 12, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. duffman

    If someone said they'd give me $100 bucks to fix their sink, and there was someone else in the same family willing to pay me $150, I think I'd want to work with the latter, or at least try. It's called common sense.

    October 12, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Mike from Seattle

    It's up to the Senate Republicans because the House Republicans are becoming irrelevant to any negotiations.

    October 12, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  25. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    The Good Book says "Time can heal, what reasoning cannot".

    October 12, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
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