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. crottyrjcrotty

    Anybody getting sick and tired of the Neo-Confederate Insurgence yet? I have an answer: Let's get a negotiating team comprised of Cruz, Paul, Lee, Bachmann, and the other 70 or so Tea Party Repubs in a room. Lock the door. The turn on the gas. Boom! Problem solved!

    October 13, 2013 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  2. Wascally Wepubwicans

    Default and see what happens. Slim down is business it's called streamline. I do not understand why though they have to shut the doors to everything...just work with a smaller number of people and keep the revenue flowing. Stupid how they do things. You say what do you mean default...I mean just admit we are bankrupt...don't lie to the country with the false pretense that raising the debt ceiling is somehow a's just kicking the can down the road....folks America is bankrupt!

    October 13, 2013 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
  3. Wascally Wepubwicans

    No matter what the republicans are right and the liberals are one is no compromise. This country is doomed.

    October 13, 2013 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  4. Virginiapicker

    Obama made a huge mistake in negotiating with these clowns back in 2011 while getting very little in return. Now they think they can roll him no matter what.

    October 13, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  5. bam

    JOBS JOBS JOBS JOBS but first and foremost make Obama a 1 term, er 2 term prez.....

    October 13, 2013 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  6. themaskedmarvyl

    Yes, stand tall, Republican Senators, while we Republican Congressmen go home for the weekend!
    Can you feel the love, America?

    If that's what you want, keep votin' for it......

    October 13, 2013 04:37 am at 4:37 am |
  7. Will

    Negotiate? They think negotiate means capitulation and the President should not. The usual my way or the highway mentality of the Republicans who are destroying our government.

    October 13, 2013 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  8. ronvan

    HAVEN'T, WE THE PEOPLE, put up with enough of OUR "elected misfits"? Lets quit YELLING & SCREAMING! The thing that WE, must do is to VOTE everyone of these clowns out of office! Don't care what party, if you like them or not!
    To re elect ANY of these worthless, misfits, will only result in more of the same! VOTE, even if you have to do a write in candidate! Call, email, ALL of YOUR officials and tell them they will get a NO vote from you! Until, WE, the people, do this and take back control of OUR government all of our yelling & screaming means nothing!

    October 13, 2013 07:56 am at 7:56 am |
  9. Kurt

    Obama will run all of us into the ground financially. Obamacare was sold to us on lies. All the dems are doing are proposing more and more taxes to support a big govt. everyone has been crying for a third party, now we have the tea parTy and the same persons are still crying. The rep are not asking for much, delay obamacare for 1 yr and remove the medical equipment Tax.....think for yourselves.

    October 13, 2013 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  10. BADGUY

    As a veteran, I support veteran benefits......BUT.....if we have to buy an agreement by "giving in" on the implementation of Obamacare....NO WAY! The health and well being of 100's of MILLIONS of Americans are at stake, here. The Republicans are blackmailing America, to get with threats, what they COULDN'T get with votes. There can be NO SUBSTANTIAL compromises with these congressional "terrorists".

    October 13, 2013 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  11. livingston

    The gop/teaparty are now actively trying to do as much damage as possible to this country. If any one or any other country attempted to do the damage that they are planning they would be called terrorist. Plain and simple. It is time for America to reclaim our country from these dangerous people. It doesn't look like we can wait for the next election. Time to start the recalls.

    October 13, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  12. Donald Forbes

    Maybe Boehner can be prosecuted under the Smith or Patriot act for treason.

    October 13, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  13. mikenola

    after 3 years of hostage taking, the teahahidsts complain Obama won't negotiate...what an absurd group of fools they are. Stand strong dems!

    October 13, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. tom dwyer

    This situation that the Republicans have created is as dangerous as being attached by a foreign country. We need to stop the Republicans from destroying America. They are the real sickness in our country.

    October 13, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  15. Morerightwingblather

    In order to negotiate, you have to be talking to someone who speaks for their party and can deliver on their promises in terms of votes. The Republicans simply don't have anyone like that. You've got 5 or 6 different people jockeying around trying to be the GOP leader in Congress and there's no coherent position on policy. Just look at the House: they're trying to position themselves as controlling the government one minute, and the next minute they just bail out on policy and leave it up to the Senate. How could you possibly expect Obama or Democrats to "negotiate" with a circus like that?

    October 13, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  16. jimatmad

    The GOP keeps saying they want to negotiate. What are they willing to give up? Defense cuts? Single Payer? Gun control? Rescinding the Sequester?
    If they aren't willing to give up something, it's not a negotiation. Opening the government and paying our bills aren't bargaining chips, THAT'S THEIR JOB.

    October 13, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  17. Jack Alex

    The gimme generation going hard at it. You want food on your plate, go out and work for it. I'm sick of paying for other people, for the record I serve my country too, after Vietnam I came home alive, doubtful if at 92 I think the governement owes me anything. I just resent my pockets being picked and when the private companies I do business with offer discounts for the low income on top of all the assistance the low income get, I cancel my service. People are just plain lazy, they don't want to work, they just want the food stamps/ebt cards and free goods and services they can get. Deplorable lack of a work ethic.

    October 13, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  18. Dennis Freeman

    Hey Eric, how does it feel to be to be no all the time. Welcome the President's world.

    October 13, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. Ted Nolan

    Destroy ObamaKare no matter the cost, no matter the sacrifice, no matter the means.

    October 13, 2013 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  20. Gerry Daley

    You don't negotiate with terrorists or anarchists, and that is what the GOP in this country have become for the most part.

    October 13, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  21. Belvarie Varnado

    We've had many, many shut downs before and it has never been this bad. I blame this on Obama because he has chosen to make people suffer just to make a point and also to put the blame on the Republicans. Everyone who calls him the great divider in chief are 100% right.

    October 13, 2013 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. David

    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. Which means even if the Senate passes a CR bill, ONLY Eric Kanter can call for a vote in the house. Normal rules re suspended.

    October 13, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  23. candodan

    How dare the House Republicans talk to anyone about standing tall. They are mental midgets.

    October 13, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. CAWinMD

    I'd feel sorry for the House Republicans, except it's their fault. They could have been negotiating with the Senate all summer on a compromise budget bill for FY14. They chose not to, in favor of precipitating this crisis. Now that the President won't play the game their way, the start crying. Learn your lesson this time, and you won't have to be crying next time.

    October 13, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. Thomas

    House Speaker , put a Clean Spending Bill on the Floor for a Vote !

    October 13, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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