House Republican: "It's up to Senate Republicans"
October 12th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
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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 (176 Responses)
  1. James Fugedy

    Where's Ted?

    October 12, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. my10cents

    The house GOP message to the GOP senators, Party Line, Party Line, Party Line, or beware! Negotiations will always break down when one side doesn't have anything real to bargain with. The GOP bargaining chips are the shutdown and the threat of default. None of these are a positive for the party because a "win" for the GOP is a loss for Americans, some of whom are GOP voters. Even the GOP's undeniable ideological obsession against the ACA is an eventual anti-win. Today many GOP supporters would rather see the law repealed than accept its potential to improve American lives because it has been portrayed (by the GOP) as an involuntary tax for supporting a social safety net for "lazy", "unworthy", and "democrat" Americans. These people have been (easily) convinced that it is in their best interests to act against their own best interests. I believe that eventually it will be revealed to a segment of these people that they have been mislead and it wasn't by accident. I don't believe that epiphany is that far away. The effect of the shutdown and the brinkmanship towards the default have started many GOP supporters to begin to question exactly whom their party really represents because from my point of view it hasn't been them for many years.

    October 12, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. esh

    So now that Obamacare is "off the table"...the GOP has shifted their focus to the medical device tax...which is a 2.3% tax on businesses that was passed back in 2010! To the GOP–quit holding 800K jobs hostage–stop this shutdown– because you're crying over spilled milk! 2014 can't come soon enough...lets hope some of the GOP nut jobs get voted out!

    October 12, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. WebJohnson

    This mess reminds me of the old Abbott sand Costello routine of "Who's on first, What's on second."

    No matter what happens-the other guy is at fault.

    That doesn't get us anywhere.

    October 12, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  5. steve

    What deal was proposed by the Republicans?

    October 12, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. Robert N. constant

    Talk about living in denial and illusion! It is now very clear the House Republicans are certifiably Cruzy. The silver lining is that in their trying to cast the blame for the Republican shutdown of the government on the Democrats , they have insulted the intelligence of the American People, even their own former supportrs. If their keeping the government shutdown continues, they will almost certainly insure a Democratic victory in the next Congressional elections.
    Keep it up, guys. You are finally showing your true selves.

    October 12, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. wut!?!

    "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."

    Seems a little different now that the shoe's on the other foot, doesn't it boys?? . . . you head on home now to your districts, I'm sure they're waiting for you with open arms and don't forget to tuck your tails between your legs you incompetent ninnies!

    October 12, 2013 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. JohnRJohnson

    Republicans in the House aren't just "standing up to the President". They're standing up to the will of a vast majority of the American people. This is NOT a political party in disarray. It's a political party that will NEVER be a factor in another national election.

    October 12, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. rker321

    As we can all see, Americans have become so tired of all of this, that now, inertia is becoming the norm of the day. Fear, is not making people becoming histerical. Congress is now becoming irrelevant. This could be the calm before the storm.

    October 12, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Paul Deemer

    IIt's really funny to see Republicans complaining about the President not Negotiating with them when nothing is going their way. But when they have the cards and are in the drivers seat they never complain of course. Now that they got the short end of the stick they are crying out like babies. They decided to attach the Government Shut Down to a Default together and now that their plan has backfired horribly in their faces they can't accept the reality that they have no choice but to surrender. You reap what you sow Republicans. 4 days until we default! Your move. Surrender or Die!

    October 12, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  11. alan

    I'm still unclear what the republicans are trying to achieve that warrants shutting the govt down.

    October 12, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  12. gazelle63

    And while they "stand tall" we suffer. I was to have started classes on Monday in aircraft maintenance but because of the republican sponsored shutdown the FAA has been unable to support the teachers who conduct the class.

    October 12, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. Norma Vessels

    There is absolutely no need for compromise of any kind right now. Just open up the Government, and raise the debt ceiling for another year. Then, and only then, after that is done, can you go ahead and freely talk about what you all want or don't want. Get going, already!!

    October 12, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. gazelle63

    While they "stand tall" we suffer. My classes in aircraft maintenance are cancelled because of the republican sponsored shutdown affecting the FAA.

    October 12, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. Go GOP go

    Senators are elected by states. House reps are elected by villages.

    October 12, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  16. Ter8k Ororke

    Its like the cap and trade swindle of American people - sounds good but makes the lives of Americans expensive while the cap and trade beneficiaries get filthy rich - yes, it is bad faith and perhaps the repubs are not wrong after all.

    October 12, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. tee

    This is crazy the Senate Republicans have no backbone, They ted cruz and the tea bags run over them. Then they cracks at the American workers. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) has a suggestion for any of the hundreds of thousands of furloughed government workers worried about being able to pay their bills: take out a loan!

    October 12, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Boehner admitted on George Stephanapolis' show last weekend that back in July, he and Harry Reid worked out a
    deal to pass the continuing resolution, a deal that included $70 billion LESS than the Senate originally wanted. Boehner admitted that he and the repubs decided instead to "take a stand" against Obamacare and not pass
    the CR.

    Repubs, lead by the wuss Boehner, are spineless liars who care more about protecting their jobs and benes that the welfare of our great nation. End of story.

    October 12, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. Jim Adams

    You don't and cannot EVER negotiate with terrorists.

    October 12, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. Stuffit

    I don't understand why Obozo is telling America and the world that raising thdebt limit does not mean the debt will rise. I can imagine his drug addicted and welfare fraud supporters believing him, but the press too? I guess we have to many burned out liberal journalism professors in the tank for the democrat liberals.

    October 12, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  21. G.R.R.

    It is long past time that the terrorists in the house quit pointing a gun at our nation.

    October 12, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Dandy Dizmore

    Repealing a 2.3% tax on medical devices is total BS.. the device makers make a killing on their sales .. those devices are crazy expensive. Keep the tax.. tell the TeaPublicans to pound sand..

    October 12, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. dan

    these House republicans are delusional. there was never any deal. There is already a House budget and a Senate Budget. It needs to go to conference for final negotiations. That is what a CR is for; to give them time to negotiate without making the rest of us suffer. House Republicans are just playing with themselves. but do they have to do it in public?

    October 12, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  24. Name Uche Agonsi

    Boehner & his Repub thugs are experts in creating chaos and shifting the blame on Obama. They are simply deaf on more acceptable ideas than their own shoddy reasonings. How on earth could some accept a six weeks credit leverage to end within the xmas season, for a nations well being, together with over 800,000 Administrations' staff out of job, their families suffering and their job activities unavailable. The whole damn situation is sickening. Which country President would ever honour such compounding insult for his people. Obama, infact should disengage all negotiations until he has proper staff complimen and enough credit for sufficient time, to work with. Let the hell turn loose.

    October 12, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. dan

    this is as silly as it is pathetic. Can we agree to eliminate the debt ceiling? If you pass a budget that orders the president to spend more than you expect to bring in, should that not automatically mean he can borrow the rest?

    October 12, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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