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

    I don't want the White House to negotiate under these conditions. I don't want this to become the new norm. I don't want to be here again next year.

    October 12, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Thomas

    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.

    Do you work for the Dems, you are the best weapon the GOB has to self destruct .

    Do you and Gov Rick Perry vacation together at clubMeds ?

    October 12, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Paul Williamson

    you should not have slept through 8th grade civics. Congress. cannot pass a new amendment to balance the budget.It takes a 2/3 vote to get it before the state legislatures;3/4 of the states must pass it. The easiest way to balance the budget is for the House write an authorization bill of the right amount, pass it in the Senate, and have the President sign it. Of course the Republican controlled House came up with a budget busting bill every year. George W Bush and the Republican House doubled the debt from $ 6 Billion to $11 B. President Obama has REDUCED The annual deficit from $1100 B to 600B in the last 6 years.

    October 12, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Wilfred

    No one can neg. with Harry Reid and he is running the government. Not Obama. Ever time Obama gets close to working out with House GOP. Here comes President Reid telling Obama I would not accept. Of course, do nothing Obama follows like a lost lamb.

    October 12, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  5. bob

    Like Detroit the USA will likely be soon auctioning off the Statue of Liberty

    October 12, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  6. Quixote

    Negotiate what? Rpubs are offering NOTHING on return for getting everything they want. How ong will it tqke for the, to realize that they have nothing to offer, and
    no one is interested in what they want?

    October 12, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  7. Thomas

    No , It's up the the spineless House republicans to put the clean spending bill on the floor for a vote , not pass the buck to the Senate.

    The Speaker of the House made a deal with the Senate leader then flip flopped .

    October 12, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  8. steelman8

    The American people do not want Obama Care and the libtards just dont get it. Dont budge Boehner.

    October 12, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  9. remy

    what a joke,, our prez just wants to keep spending and contoling everything while bashing BIG BISS and BANKS and of course the Republicans are to be blamed for everything bad, it's time to stop the washington politics and get dow to fincially sound govt, that mean STOP ALL QE !!!! that means make cuts and CUT THE PORK OUT OF ALL BILLS, make ALL govt agencies accountable and STOP all the back office dealing, LAST put off Obama Care for one year and set it up the right way, as of now the cost will KILL the econony and Biss. costing 6x what was orginally suggested. this will also kill the 40 hr work week, put small / Med size biss out of biss, IF you notice INSURANCE Co. have more than Doubled thier Premiums to americans and Biss

    October 12, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  10. Stand tall?

    You meant to say house GOP must strap on some more.

    October 12, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. gstlab3

    I hope they do crash the economy.,
    then we can flush out all the sick, weak and poor and then we'll have a better place from which to start anew.

    October 12, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. nuclear mike

    When ObamaCare created the 4 caste system of Platinum, Gold, Silver & Bronze thereby dividing the Country against itself...and seizing taxes for insurance...when there should be ONLY 1 level not 4 of health insurance for ALL Americans at ONLY a single total cost to unite us ALL as citizens of the same Government the President & Congress FAILED us ALL.

    So do not yield on the Government Shutdown until ALL are equal!!!

    October 12, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. gstlab3

    bring it down si what I say.,
    then those losers in the criminal district will know what it's like to go hungry and to be hunted in there own country.

    October 12, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  14. Scott

    The House GOP are a bunch of crazy people. From Boehner, to Cantor, to Paul Ryan, to Cory Gardner. These guys are a bunch of incompetent fools. The Senate earlier this year got its act together and finally passed a budget. The House GOP deliberately choose to ignore it and the reconciliation process. They planned all along to shut down the government. Senator John McCain promptly referred to these people as "wacko birds". When it comes to not negotiating, it is the Republicans who created this shut down and who have put us at risk for a default and a severe recession. I am not surprised that it is now up to the Senate to come up with all the legislation. Republicans are defeated once again by their own stupidity. Obamacare now will rank up their along with FDR's social security and LBJ's medicare program and civil rights act as a example of progressive action by the Democrats to help the people. Republicans in the meantime have accomplished very little in the last 100 years.

    October 12, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. sftommy

    Tax Breaks add to the deficit.
    The opposite of that fixes the deficit!

    "It's just common sense" SNL Church Lady

    October 12, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  16. Michael

    Obama only wants to negotiate when he holds all the cards. But when he had all the cards he still couldn't manage a budget. Just wait till 2014 election when Republicans regain the Senate and have big majority in the House. Then he'll be knocked off his high horse and eat some humble pie.

    October 12, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Nevenka

    Senators need to stand tall. They just lost some inches.

    October 12, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  18. Citizen Cain

    Republicans regained the US house last election, specifically to cut spending. So far they have reduced the deficit by $300 billion per year. Just another $400 billion more to go.

    October 12, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. dave

    Republicans have shut down the government many times before, it happens everytime they don't get their way on something. The last time it was because Newt got mad about a funeral trip to the middle east, I guess he wanted to drive the jet and Clinton wouldn't let him. This will continue to happen until they change the system, at any time they could shut everything down, so they can get their way on some past legislation, or simply not being able to drive the jet. We will always have republicans, and some of them will be nuttier than fruitcakes, that's just goes with the territory. Things have to be structured so they can't do much damage when they are elected to Office by other fruitcakes. No legislation, or laws, are safe, as long as they have this tool that they can use at anytime. They could shut the whole thing down for things like abortion, or guns, even civil rights, it could be just about any outlandish thing. Now they say we are shut down over medial device tax, that's outrageous. Maybe we can't vote them all out of Office, but we should do something to prevent them from hurting themselves and others, it's at least the humane thing to do.

    October 12, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. Terry

    Susan Collins is one of the few republican members of congress that has always appeared to be normal. The republicans are commonly referred to as the crazies so it is very tough to listen to anything they have to say as they act with callous disregard for what the country wants out of their representatives. If we should default the republican party will take the majority of the blame and rightfully so. That would be the only good thing to come out of this mess that we are in.

    October 12, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Mymy

    House republicans had every chance, but they wanted to play political games, feeling safe in their gerrymandered districts. Senators are more vulnerably in their upcoming races and might be looking to keep their seat.

    October 12, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Kris Jackson

    Obama was wrong to let them do this to him once. He needs to stand firm and give them NOTHING. Extortion has to be met with resistance.

    October 12, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. bajadelmar

    The voters will leave the Rethug/Peeba99ers twisting in the wind in 2014.

    October 12, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. Chuck

    MSM's multi million dollar campaign against the Republicans, its really the sadist time in American History

    there needs to be a Separation of Media and State!

    October 12, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  25. edpeters101

    House GNOP needs to stand up for the citizens of the USA!

    October 12, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
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