House Republican: "It's up to Senate Republicans"
October 12th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
11 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 (176 Responses)
  1. 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 |

    October 12, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. Going FAA

    The GOP with the Koch Brothers as their leadership are now running this country into the ground. They could care less that 1 million Fed and Contractors are not working. I hope that they don't fly because for example, the FAA is down to a skeleton crew and at this rate the probability is high that things might go boom boom in the night. Imagine no aircraft safety inspections, unmaintained facilities, and unpaid Air Traffic Controllers handling the less than friendly skies? What a recipe for a disaster?

    Where is Occupy Wall street? They could enlist some of these people to picket the Koch Brothers facilities and boycott their products. Now I hear the Koch Brothers are running and end around campaign donations in the Supreme Court to enslave the middle class for years to come. Come to think of it the Koch Brothers, Tea Baggers, and the GOP sound a lot like the Nazis of yesteryear!

    October 12, 2013 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. peoples choice

    The Senate must stand tall. What a statement coming from the biggest crybaby and punk in the congress.

    October 12, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  4. Twilight

    Ok, now. I have to pipe in. I see a lot of recycled liberal media comments here. why don't you try to read everything that is coming from both sides of the aisle before you open your mouths? I for one, will call the medical coverage bill what it is called: The Affordable Care Act; I will call Republicans who really believe in what they are fighting for what they are: "the Tea Party". Truly, what makes you all think the Republicans want to "destroy" our country and what makes you think that raising the debt ceiling without cutting costs is a good thing? I am all for a fix to insurance, but this is not it. You don't get to say this is it and then jam it down everyone's throat and sit back and watch the liberal media advance your cause. Please give facts and not regurgitation.

    October 12, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Twilight

    And, really? Hostage takers? Terrorists? Talk about angry mantras.

    October 12, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  6. the hippies were right

    Good one, Albert Veno!

    October 12, 2013 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  7. Bobbie Jo Justice

    save america, eliminate the gop

    October 12, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Zedlok

    The GOP's little rule change they hoped you wouldn't notice:

    "Late in the evening on September 30, 2013, the House Rules Committee Republicans changed the Rules of the House so that the ONLY Member allowed to call up the Senate's clean CR for a vote was Majority Leader Eric Cantor or his designee - all but guaranteeing the government would shut down a few hours later and would stay shut down. Previously, any Member would have had the right to bring the CR up for a vote. Democracy has been suspended in the House of Representatives."

    October 12, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  9. Len

    Hopefully will we vote in 2014. Not like 2010. Only 37% of registered voters voted in 2010. And guess the percentage of GOP/Tea Party folks (23%)......Every election matters......get the people out to vote.....dems, independents, young people.....if we donot vote the Tea Party out in 2014....we will not have a middle class....we will all be poor. They donot want to help people that are in need. Just look at what they want to cut.....all programs that help children and poor families.....Wake up folks and Vote!!!

    October 12, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  10. O J Rodriguez

    What would happen if the House Republicans fall ill from food poison from an unknown source?
    They will vote to fund the recall of the 9,000 furloughed employees of the Center for Disease Control immediately!!!!
    Instead they are more concerned with opening parks and monuments.

    October 12, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. natcabum

    Ted Cruz is a democratic mole sent in to destroy the republican party.

    October 12, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  12. Smeagel4T

    Senate Republicans, unlike the House, must recognize the fact that they are not heavily protected by Gerrymandered districts. If you're from a purple'ish state, you can't rely on Gerrymandering to protect you like most of the House Tea Partiers do.

    October 12, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  13. mickinmd

    Cantor: "I hope that the Senate Republicans stand strong so we can speak with one voice."

    And yet he's pleased a minority group of GOP Congressmen can blackmail the cowardly rest into changing their positions and backing the Tea Party lunacy.

    October 12, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. Dgrfinancial

    Listen people congress don't care about you and I. They keep saying we're talking.......it's time for action enough talking. Only terrorist hold people hostage until they get their demands. Do congress consider themselves terrorist? You are hurting many people lives both emotionally and financially. Why do we have congressman when all they do is bicker and fight? We should just let 5th grades run this country I'm sure they will do a much better job at fighting. So many people have expressed their frustration with congress but I believe it has all fell on death ears. The only thing we can do is pray for them and our country that God have mercy on all of us.

    October 12, 2013 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  15. PortOurTroops

    "The President rejected our deal,"

    many of them angry at what they see as an intransigent administration.

    the President has negotiated in bad faith and that he never intended to reach a deal, only bait and switch.

    ---You guys sound so CHILDISH. It's a good thing you will only serve two years.

    October 12, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  16. Badboy

    The real problem here is simple. GOP is the party of NO; Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Dem's are the party of NO jobs.
    Obama wants to "redistribute the wealth" but the problem is how to "redistribute the debt". Liberals dont understand debt because they always want someone else to pick up their tab. I must agree that if all you do is lay around getting fat off your EBT winnings then you will need extra health care for high blood pressure, diabetes,heart attack and stroke,
    I have worked all my life and paid my own way. You leeches shpould show a little respect to the TEA PARTY...they
    make more sense than OblameO,

    October 12, 2013 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  17. Jeff Cohee

    The only thing I can say for house Republicans is they really know how to spin. Too bad they aren't more ethical and better at politics and strategy. They really have been rather moronic throughout this whole sorry episode they've concocted.

    October 12, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  18. Easley

    II think the House GOP leaders need to go to prison.

    October 12, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  19. Robertson

    Stay strong GOP!
    History will prove that Liberalism was the greatest threat to America and our Freedom.

    October 12, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Republicans should think back and remember when President Reagan fired all the air traffic controllers. I think he's rolling in his grave right now with what the GOP is doing.

    October 12, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    @Albert Veno: I also saw this and agree it pretty much sums up the situation. Also worth checking out: Jason Jones from "The Daily Show." coached by a hostage negotiator, interviewing a repub strategist.

    October 12, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

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

    The reality train is leaving the station ... you can still get on it ... if not, we're leaving you in the dust.

    October 12, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  23. Jack

    I tell you how I feel, us, RINO's have left the Republican Party, I know I won't come back soon! I feel that President has been harassed sinced he was elected, even though I voted for McCain!

    This President has been call every name, but the "N" word. ACA insurance exchanges are a Republican idea. I don't trust the Tea Party Republican at all!

    October 12, 2013 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  24. Guest Speaker

    "The Republican Party is in flames." That is a peculiar comment given that 4 of the 6 major domains of elected government are controlled by the GOP: House of Reps; State Supreme Courts; State Execs; and State Legislatures. Moreover, this administration has lost 71% of its cases that have gone before SCOTUS, and the DNC is 14$ million in the red (to the RNC's 13$ million in the black). The Senate race calculus remains unchanged, and vulnerable Dems are still quit vulnerable in the South as well as SD, WV and MT.

    October 13, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  25. won

    You Repubtards like to stand tall, but you fall down the stairs alongside with Johnny Boo Boo, crying like babies!!

    October 13, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
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