October 16th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
6 months ago

Boehner urges House GOP to support Senate deal

Washinton (CNN) - Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default, and House Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to support it while a key GOP conservative said he wouldn't try to block it in the Senate.

"We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station in his home state of Ohio in reference to GOP efforts to dismantle or defund President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms and extract deficit reduction concessions around the need to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.

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  1. Fire E Mall

    I like the idea of write-in candidates for the Senate and House.

    Fine folks like –
    Madonna,
    Miley,
    Lady Gaga,
    Willie, Waylin, and the boys.

    Twerkin and 2 steppin through all of the tough issues.

    That would be progress!

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  2. ME

    Ted
    Do you really think anyone of substance gives a Hoot what you say or when you say it.??
    You have been playing a game...twisting everything to meet your needs..
    You are one big nothing of a politician

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Deaf ears

    Cruz says he hopes in time the senate will listen to the American people? Americans are overwhelmingly in support of Obamacare. Its time house conservatives listen to us!

    I thought the Republicans were trying to rebuild and unite their party. Guess not.

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

    Is the rape still a rape if they pull out before they finish? I’d say that they are still rapists, but they are opportunistic rapists that use rape as a weapon because they have not yet been on the sad side of the spectrum.

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  5. Ctrygrl

    Mighty white of Cruz since he is the one that helped to make this mess. I believe Boehner will have the majority of republicans just not enough to pass the measure without the democrats which is what this rule really means and it is incredibly short sighted, self centered and stupic.

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  6. jefflz

    This debacle has always been about humiliating Obama. The Republican Party has demonstrated that is controlled by a small band of ignorant hooligans called the Tea Party- a political machine created by and for the Koch brothers and fueled by misinformation spewed daily by Murdoch's Fox News. The GOP needs to be severely punished at the polls unlesss and until they can return the two-party system to normalcy. No more right wing terrorism!!

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Won what? The problem still exists they just moved it to a different day. This is sad, because they moved the day to the time we began paying taxes and looking for refunds. How about a glitch in the whole system at that time! Can you say take the money and run, because that's exactly what's going to happen and no one will give the people a explanation. You guys really just need to wake up.

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. coco

    This isn't a win or lose situation. This is government where we need to work together!

    October 16, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. Rozzie

    Hey, 'someone-else' - get a life & leave the US! We don' need your tripe here!Your kind has wrecked America
    so badly, it'll take years to get the US back on track & restore our crediblity around the world. You are Un-American!

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. Be_O_Be

    House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that "we fought the good fight, we just didn't win,"
    Same guy that said this isn't some Damn game. Whatever fits the talking points.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Shigty

    Congress has been broken to long. Republicans and Democrats ALL should be fired and put in with new young blood that can work together. Also, make sure they are not LAWYERS. All Lawyers are taught one thing and that is WIN.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Eddie Quinn

    The Republicans caved, the Democrats won, but the people, as a whole, lost. Bankruptcy is inevitable unless Congress stops spending more than it collects. Anyone that cannot see that, is an idiot! There is never a "free ride", someone, somewhere, is paying. Sooner or later the bill comes due. Sooner or later, paper money will be worth more as toilet paper than coin of the realm.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. Grinning Libber

    If the GOP was so sure that Obamacare would fail – they would let it fail for the world to see. Thier problem is that it will not fail....another nail in the GOP coffin.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. Guy Fawkes

    Inflation and the new Weimar Republic, here we come......

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  15. highnoon7

    People are throwing around term limitation as though it is a panacea. I seriously doubt that would help. First of all you move power from the politicians themselves to officials, since they will be the veterans with the knowledge, secondly no serious contender will give away x amount of time with nothing in return, so all you get are a bunch of foghorns, lots of charm with no grit.These people are after all running the country, writing our laws and staving off disasters. You need visionaries, people with integrity and people who can work well with others. What this country need is a political system that does not favor a 2 party environment, where the winner takes it all. With more political parties in play, they would have to form coalitions and work across party lines, compromise.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  16. JS

    How is the nationalizing of America good for our country? How is the individual states right to make decisions being taken away good for our country? Yep, Dems won...congratulations. Our individual rights being taken away one by one.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  17. K Harrington

    I bet Cruz was brought into a room and threatened by his fellow Republicans. We'll have no more green eggs and ham...Cruz I am.

    October 16, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  18. A Citizen

    DEFAULT NOW OR DEFAULT VERY SOON. Does this delay really make a difference? Nope!

    October 16, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  19. History Repeater

    Inflation and the new Weimar Republic comes next

    October 16, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  20. Donnie the Lion

    Now let us bow down and kiss the feet of Ted Cruz for not throwing a monkey wrench into the economic market come October 17.

    I am a Democrat, I fully agree with Republicans we can't go deeper into debt. Obamacare adding $2T over 10 years is not the make or break of the deficit. We need a balanced budget amendment, we need, not a 10 year plan, but a 12-15 year plan for getting completely out of debt. Ten years won't cut it.

    October 16, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Let me translate to you who are saying Boeher and the Repubs did nothing:

    REID and the DEMOCRATIC SENATE would rather let the country default before they even voted on the bill that the House already passed. (Fact: passed resolutions were never even brought to the Senate floor)
    OBAMA would rather let the country default before he signed the bill that the House passed. (Fact: Obama said he would VETO anything that harmed his precious Obamacare)

    Therefore, the only way to avert the default is for Boehner to agree to the bill that REID and his cronies passed. And just to ensure that it passes, the Senate won't even let it go to the House before dinner. How do you debate a bill with only an hour before deadline? You DON'T.

    This IS Boehner falling on his sword for the People.

    October 16, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    A Democrat here in Florida won a state legislature seat last night that had NEVER been won by a dem before. The seat was held by the last decent GOP in the state, Mike Fasano, who left to become Pasco County tax collector. Considering Pasco is SOLIDLY rethug, this is HUUUUUUUUGE!!!!! Here's hoping her win is a harbinger of things to come!

    October 16, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. mbw

    Finally, reason has prevailed. John Boehner claims he has fought the good fight. There was nothing good or rational
    about the whole sorry spectacle. Many ordinary individuals have lost a lot at the hands of these inconsiderate politicians who have put themselves ahead of the country's good. The narrow minds of these Tea Party nit-wits have
    nothing to offer but an obstructionist view of their self interest and greed. Shame on the Republican Party for pandering
    to their incessant demands.

    October 16, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  24. Nychsa

    That anyone listened to Cruz to begin with is amazing. I mean this is a guy who is so taken by himself that he has a picture of himself LOSING a case! He is one of these people who can be one million times wrong, he is still going to say he's right! Someone who adores himself while losing is one sick puppy!

    October 16, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  25. Someone

    Cruz is the Anti-Christ. He like Hitler is starting small and infiltrating the established political party. Do not let history repeat itself.

    The rally against Obamacare is a red-herring to disguise the true intent of the Tea Party to bring down the American Government and make America a third world country.

    Followers of the Anti-Christ, the Tea Party, is an uneducated group and easily swayed, but at the same time very dangerous. They are the new political terrorists.

    October 16, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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