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. 2012liberal

    That's the way congress has ran since 2011. Up 2 senate. Senate passes something and house still doesnt take it up 4 vote. When u rely on majority of majority nothing will get done. Nancy never ran her house like that!

    October 12, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. James P. Barber

    Just like Cruz planned, they will try and piecemeal stuff together they know will be turned down so they can then blame Obama. The Koch tea party is not serious about putting hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work. Instead they are willing to punish them to get their "beat Obama at all cost" agenda. They have whined all along about the slow economy and lack of jobs and this is their answer to solving the problem. Obama needs to hang tough till the Koch tea party members start losing their SS, medicare and government support. When they start to share in the pain then it won't appear to be so moral.

    October 12, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. brandopolo

    Republicans get more and more unpopular every day. It's easy to see why. Americans know Republicans have no ideas besides opposing Obama. Americans know the budget Republicans refuse to fund is based on Obama's compromising to their position on sequestration spending levels. Americans know the Affordable Care Act doesn't have a public option because Obama compromised with Republicans. Americans know the claims that Obama won't compromise is a right-wing lie, and we know the shutdown is the right-wing's fault. Republicans have really done it this time - the party may never recover.

    October 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. 2012liberal

    Stay strong dems. End shutdown. End squester. Long-term debt ceiling!

    October 12, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. 1noone1

    The GOP tea party should be sent to Guantanamo they are holding the USA hostage.

    October 12, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. 2012liberal

    Obama will declare 14 amendment 4 debt limit and rethugs will still b accountable 4 all the bovine scat!

    October 12, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  7. lecordonbleujonutesblog

    you guys have less then 6 days until we default.
    if you think the people will approve a 11 hour deal and get the worst deal like usual... your out of your damn mind.
    this is both parties that are at fault. obama cant even nagoaite... what kind of a leader is he.
    Im not a dem nor a republican. im a independent and i will vote by the facts in next election......

    congress is like little kids who dont get there way will have a fit until they get there way.
    get a life, get a leader that will nagoaite for 2 year plan and vote on it. it isnt that hard....

    October 12, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Thinks2010

    Perhaps the House Republicans should by a dictionary and look things up before they try to use big words. If they did, they would find that intransigent actually describes their stance. The public sees through their phony ploys.

    October 12, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. Thinks2010

    Oops. Excuse my typo in my previous post. I meant to type in "buy" instead of "by".

    October 12, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. brandopolo

    Conservative Republicans like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have no ideas. They are simply for anything moderates and liberals are against, and against anything liberals and moderates are for. That's why they're incoherent and unpopular,
    because when Democrats adjust their views to compromise with conservative Republicans, the Cruz/Paul wing of the party reacts by saying no, no matter what.

    For example, the Heritage Foundation, free-market healthcare plan which Republicans used to oppose Hillarycare, which Bob Dole promoted during his 1996 run for President, and which Mitt Romney implemented with conservative blessing - once adapted by the Democrats, the same plan became according to conservative Republicans a SocialistFascistCommunist plot against America, freedom, and liberty - and associated with Satan, and Armageddon.

    The current Republican disarray, unpopularity, and implosion is the natural outcome of this kind of unprincipled and reactionary politics.

    October 12, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  11. Albert Veno

    The best summary I have read was the conversation between the Democrats and the Republicans was.

    Republicans: 'We would like to burn your house down.

    Democrats: No.

    Republicans: How about if we just burn down your 2nd floor?

    Democrats: No.

    Republicans: What if we just burn down your garage.

    Democrats: No.

    Republicans: You just aren't willing to negotiate.

    October 12, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. Crop1981

    You don't negotiate with thugs.

    October 12, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. nickindc

    Once again Boehner demonstrates he has no control over the House Republican caucus weeks after he agreed with Reid to pass a CR and debt ceiling increase without ACA changes.

    October 12, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. cd

    Simple solution Mr. Speaker...........stop taking hostages and threating to shoot them if you dont get your own way or in other words raise the debt limit like you should have and go bargain with the president and the democrats like a reasonable person would.
    That does mean you might both have to give up some things you would rather not but either learn to govern properly or resign for the sake of the country.

    October 12, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  15. sdgman

    Keep it up Tea baggers... this will be the final time we will be subject to your idiocy

    October 12, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. waitnonasunnyday

    Do not Fund PPACA. Do not raise the Debt Ceiling without an Amendment to Balance the Budget. HOLD THE LINE TEA PARTY!!

    October 12, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. Evergreen

    There is a reason we don't negotiate with hostage taker or terrorists. If this type of negotiations worked, it would be repeated again and again. Example: Democrates would feel justified in shutting down the government to get gun control bills passed or bills passed to eliminate corporate welfare.

    October 12, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Tom

    Republicans just don't seem to get it. They lost - BIG. Obama and Reid don't have to negotiate with them. The Republican party is in flames. The latest poll numbers say it all. Drag this mess out any longer and it's going to become the central issue in the midterm election and every Republican will be under pressure for shutting down the government. . Democrats are going to throw the Republicans a bone in repealing the medical device tax (an action that always did have bipartisan support) and that's all they're going to get. Enough with the whining Republicans. Accept defeat and get out and move on before it's too late.

    October 12, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. xmatman

    Is this the same Party whose mantra was "No Compromise?"

    October 12, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Data Driven

    "Amendment to Balance the Budget."

    I always LOL when someone inevitably shakes their fists and shouts at the sky for a "balanced budget amendment".

    October 12, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. Jronn

    These republcans keep talking about negotiating. Problem is, I don't think they even know what they're negotiating for other than a chance to save face. These people have one thing in mind and one thing only, to save their jobs. They couldn't care less about this country. If these were Democrats pulling this nonsense, news outlets such as this would be ripping them apart. Instead, they play along and placate.

    October 12, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. Mshell

    One someone gets rid of the right-wing radical tea-partiers, the Republicans may gain some respect again. MAY...

    October 12, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. rs

    More nonsensical blather from the House. Boehner will lose the Speaker's position, and it is simply a matter of time. The House has not negotiated in good faith somehow feeling their illegal actions are somehow justified by their hatred of the government (if not the ACA), and they think they still have chips to play with. They're wrong, and I'll bet the Senate GOP toss them under the bus. Things will only get worse if the GOP sends the country into default. If they let that happen, I think some people need to get jail time.

    The GOP is right on one point- These is a real lack of leadership in Washington- and it's the U.S. House of Representatives- and its the Speaker and his radical minions of the TP.

    October 12, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  24. Strangways

    how can the GOP senators "stand tall" when they ALL have their heads up their a# sses?

    October 12, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. nkrempa

    If Republicans had not linked the Affordable Care Act, a LAW which was duly passed by both House & Senate, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court, to the continued functioning of the Federal government, perhaps we would not be at this impasse. Perhaps, Republicans might have gotten concessions to their liking if they hadn't chosen this unorthodox and completely underhanded method of trying to subvert a legally enacted LAW. Perhaps, Republicans might want to re-think linking ANY future bill to the Affordable Care Act, as it is completely out-of-bounds for them to be attempting this sort of extortion.

    And, weep & wail as they may, Republicans cannot get away from the fact that, despite not one of them voting for the Affordable Care Act, it was crafted with their knowledge and assistance. Otherwise, why would we not just have gone ahead with Single Payer? Yes, Republicans had a GREAT DEAL of input into this LAW, yet they now choose to deny it. Too bad, history cannot be so easily re-written. Build that bridge and get over it, folks, the Affordable Care Act is a LAW. There are legitimate ways to amend and repeal laws, but the shut-down of the Federal government and defaulting on this nation's ALREADY INCURRED debt is NOT how you go about it!

    ENOUGH ALREADY! End the Boehner-led shut-down, NOW!

    October 12, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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