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. Wise1Speak


    When today's GOP repeat the same mistake that was made 17-years ago by Newt Gingrich and his Republican followers . . . . and when the GOP expects a more successful outcome compared to 17-years ago . . . . then their actions are proof that the Tea Party Republicans are truly "stupid is as stupid does". Are my conclusions correct?

    October 12, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  2. Fish

    The President should immediately invoke Simpson-Bowles and tell them to suck wind, then end the war and move to pass Glass-Steagall then sit tight and watch the jobs return, the economy rebound and finish his last two years balancing the budget. Now that's a legacy any President would be proud of!!!

    October 12, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  3. Calif US Patriot

    If the b1ack messiah saved us billions by 'ending 2 wars', why does he and the liberals want to tax us more and raise the debt limit?

    October 12, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Larry in Houston

    well, to be perfectly honest, Manchin will be the only one that I know of, that will go along with the bonehead & company. Now why do I say that ? answer : Manchin is still ticked off at Obama, because Obama won't put the people in Manchin's state to work. Obama wants to close all of the coal companies, & coal yards. The problem with Obama is the fact that he thinks that there should be a windmill next to every dwelling in this country, including every Business, and anything & everything that has a roof above it. Obama could put Manchin's people to work, but instead, they have to draw either un-employment, or be on welfare. Manchin is a Democrat, but he's definitely NOT in Love with Obama, and I don't blame him. Some of Obama's policies are hurting this country.

    October 12, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. hkirwin

    I read the posts from partisans hack and laugh. Congress mirrors these posters. And they wonder why there is deadlock. The blind leading the stupid.

    October 12, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  6. pkabcenell

    The GOP maniacs do not care about anybody. I thiink the Democrats and the President should hold firm and let the country default because of the GOP. Maybe then the idiots in this country who voted for maniacs like Ted Cruz will realize they were wrong.

    By the way, if the GOP wants us to cut spending then we should cut money going to their states. Most of them get more money back from the government then they ever give through Taxes.

    October 12, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  7. BeverlyNC

    It is and always been the job of the House to create a budget coverng taxes, spending allocatons, and paying our debt. If Boehner were a leader, this would have already have been done and our nation would not yet again be in a shutdown and debt crisis threatening our economy and our People.
    The Senate can create the best solution they can for this Republican extortion but if Boehner will not let it come up for a vote – then it is totally pointless. Expecting the Senate to do the work of the House is ridiculous.
    There should be no agreements unless it is a full long-term debt ceiling raise and a complete end of the shutdown. This 6 week "agreement" is worthless since it will hit the nation again just as the holiday season begins and will have an even more devastating effect on our economy and the businesses who depend on holiday sales.
    Republicans are traitors of our govenment, our economy, and of the People they swore an oath to serve. 2014 cannot get here fast enough to throw these Republicans out.

    October 12, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  8. pkabcenell

    How would the GOP like an amendment that you cannot go to WAR without raising taxes on those who benefit from it most and the top 5% earners.

    I think you call there bluff and what ever they want you make it more extreme.

    For instance if a fetus gets the rights of everybody then if you go to a fertility clinic and create 10 embryos then you have to try and bring all of them to term and cannot destroy any of them. How many embryos did the Romney's destroy after having there fertility treatments.

    October 12, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  9. UriNation

    I love the expressions on Boehner & Obama's faces in some if the news photos. Some look as though one or both smell a _art.

    October 12, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. Cecelia Jernegan

    America is going thru a technology revolution just like during the industrial revolution. Americans voted for Obama because he promised hope and change. Instead they have been led down a path like blind sheep due to main stream news. Even mice like "free cheese" on a mousetrap. ACA is like a mousetrap. The two parties and President are all the blame. The Tea Party has been trying to explain to Obama America does NOT have the money!!! Career politicians on both sides that have been in office for years like Joe Biden and John McCain have brought us to this point. We need to vote out career politicians and demand two term limits. This is OUR country.

    October 12, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  11. Shelbie

    The Tea Party has been screeching about their disdain for government, their hatred of government since the very beginning. They are delighted by the chaos they have created. This is their end game, shutting down the government is their end game, I'm surprised everyone is so surprised this is what things have come to. You can't negotiate with terrorists.

    October 12, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  12. captcaps

    House Republicans = Morons Being lead by Madmen down a path to Poverty for Americans and Prosperity for the wealthy....We Built America and the Republican Rich are stealing the American Dream a no win for the common man....Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    October 12, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  13. Wes

    Why does the president and democrats hate America so much?

    October 12, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  14. Wise1Speak


    If the President of the most powerful nation on earth say there will be no negotiations while John Boehner's Tea Party is holding the U.S. Federal Government as "hostages in a shutdown" . . . . then why is John Boehner expecting the President to surrender to extortion “while the world watches”?

    Think about it!

    October 12, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Ted

    This shouldn't be treated as a Game between the two sides. The country is broke and something must be done about it. If it isn't fixed soon we will all suffer greatly. I don't understand why reason doesn't take hold and we work together for a balanced budget... What is the matter with everyone?

    October 12, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  16. EARL

    Stand strong for fiscal responsibility Senate and House projected the media did a number on you in the polls, but your long term principals are more important than any short term loss.

    October 12, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. gary

    Radical conservatives are killing America.

    October 12, 2013 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  18. The Cappy

    One of the comments sadly seems to reflect the position of the administration, "Republicans just don't seem to get it. They lost – BIG. Obama and Reid don't have to negotiate with them." There it is in a nutshell. We won an election and should get everything we want, period. But everyone is there because they won an election.

    Consider. A politician gets a vote. Did the person voting for them endorse everything on their agenda? Rarely. There might have been any number of reasons a voter picked a given candidate. A lot of the votes cast for Obama were (let's be honest) not as much about any particular plan of his as it was his "anything but Bush" ticket. It's hard to know what percentage of people voted for him as an endorsement of his big-spending plans, but it certainly wasn't all of them. And many of the things on his agenda haven't done as well in polls as he'd have it.

    On the other hand, many of the Republicans in Congress are there *specifically* on the back of this issue.

    And you can hate the GOP as much as you want, and demonize the people who voted for them... but do remember that politics in a democracy is NEVER a "I won my election, give me everything!" matter. That's for toddlers and totalitarians.

    October 12, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Ctrygrl

    Fact is the senate is saner and more capable of crafting something the president will accept. The house republicans are fractured/ To say the house republicans are united is laughable. You have 20 crazies with Koch brother money to threaten everyone else with primary challenges. No wonder their tool of choice is extortion, that is how they are used to running things.

    October 12, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. J.

    They hate our president more than they love our country

    October 12, 2013 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  21. Karl Marx

    Keep standing *TALL* Mr. President. Let it stew.

    October 12, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  22. Crystal

    Just admit you lost and open the government and raise the debt ceiling. A routine budget was not supposed to turn into this. I hate when people do not do things on time and then try to blame things on other people.

    October 12, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  23. Gregory

    Yo know, I voted for Romney in the last election. However, I am starting be impressed with Obama. He is actually showing he has a backbone and is standing up to this nonsense to defund the Affordable Care Act. In actuality rates will decline went people see the cost benefit of savings and as employers get out of health insurance due to rising costs, employees will get their own individual policies through private insurance carriers at reduce costs due in part to a larger pool to draw from.

    October 12, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    We don't negotiate with terrorists. In this case TEAQUEDA and their supreme Canadian/Cuban leader Rafael who feels like a big man for winning a useless teatard vote at a KKK rally in DC.

    October 12, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Robert N. constant

    We can all do something right now. Find an Independent or a Democrat who sells the same stuff you are buying from a Republican and stop buying from the Republicans. If you walk into a mom and pop business and Rush Limbaugh is on the radio, Walk out. If you go to have your car serviced, and Fox News is on in the waiting room, find a better place to have the servicing done. Bring the shutdown home to the Republican business community in your town.
    Also, VOTE. There will be local and state elections coming up next month. Do not wait until 2014. Vote out local and state Republicans, NOW. Let us begin to teach them a lesson they will remember for a long time.

    October 12, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
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