October 16th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
10 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. nancy

    Time the tea party was dumped in Boston Harbor

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

    what a bunch of crap.

    October 16, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. pkfops01

    Time to purge the TP.

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

    Cruz is cooked.. what a dope.. and he caused all this waste of time..waste of money.. they ought to send him a bill to pay up... never hear from him again.. the ultimate buffoon

    October 16, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. What it Really was about

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station

    So in the end it was about a fight and taking my ball and going home.
    My little kids behave better than this

    October 16, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Jenny Ruth Yasi

    Cruz doesn't know how to listen to the American people. Hey Ted Cruz, listen to this: this government is of the people, for the people and by the people, and you are not the only people! The vast majority of American citizens are extremely greatful for the service of President Barack Hussein Obama, we are very proud and pleased with the work that he has been doing in spite of those, like yourself, who only seek to undermine every single step we take. Thank you to the Democratic party, and thank you to the President, for standing up to this assault on our democratic process. It sounds like Ted Cruz didn't learn a thing, but I hope that our elected officials and fellow citizens realize how close we came to an overthrow of our American government from the inside, from the extreme right, who say they want to make government smaller but what they really mean is they want a dictatorship.

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

    So basically the American people did not want to Fund Obama Care and their wishes were ignored? How is raising the debt table the best solution? Why not spend less? Im so confused on congress knowledge they keep doing what they believe is best and the situation keeps getting worse. Pay all your debt now and save some money outside the bank because times are going to get worse and bad things are going to happen I can feel it...

    October 16, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  8. Fruit Cakes

    After two weeks of fighting the Republicans gained nothing and federal non-essential wortkers got a 2 week paid vacatioin.

    October 16, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Tom101

    Remember the Alamo! Remember the Maine! Remember Pearl Harbor! Remember 9/11! Remember the Boehner/Tea Party/GOP Attack on America!!

    October 16, 2013 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  10. nancy

    Time for the tea party to be dumped in Boston Harbor

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  11. Jim

    He's a polarizing President because he is BLACK man and America is a racist country. Especially the southern tea baggers and conservatives who are still mad that Lincoln won the war. It seems like the Republican Congress made up it's mind when a Black president was elected that they would block, be uncooperative and do everything in their small minded racists power to sabotage him.

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. Colo001

    Watch what you wish for you may just get it.
    All you people that voted to keep Obama in office and wanted Obamacare are going to get what you want. And my bet is you will be screaming the loudest over the rise in healthcare coverage.
    Just like when Nixon resigned. He was elected President and after he resigned no one would admit they voted for him.
    You just get what you wanted the debt ceiling will be raised. The ACA will add some 6 trillion to the debt over the next decade and you liberals democrats and left leaning libs are responsible

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. Circus Clown

    Well, the Clowns at the Circus called Congress have finally decided to strike a deal.

    They all need to be summarily fired, and banned from serving in political offices for 6 years.

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  14. tdrknt1

    Eight year term limits for these goofballs. Go ahead Cruz block it I dare ya!

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. Obama Supporter

    Once again, the Dems have saved the day. Repubs need vote on dismantling their party. Total waste of tax payer money.

    October 16, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. stefan

    I believe our founding fathers must be exhausted from turning in their graves over what the U.S. government has morphed into.

    Beneath the semi-transparent gloss of fiscal responsibility and care for the nation, one cannot help but see that this whole shenanigan started when Barack Obama, a BLACK man, became twice the president of the U.S., beating a veteran John McCain and a ex-Governor Mitt Romney. The GOP propaganda and agitation apparatus kicked in the high gear–very much like they did when Clinton won the elections–and they were determined, as stated by Mitch McConnell, to do everything in their power to make Obama's presidency a one-term event and to ruin his legacy, instead of tending to the nation's business. Every mean and vehicle was holy to them, including kowtowing and selling out to the Tea Party and the Tea Baggers.

    Notwithstanding the fact that Obama, whom they belittled and discounted, turned out to be a shrewd and consummate politician and strategist that revived the tale of the turtle and the hare, The hate mongers ratcheted up their rhetoric and intrigues. They became so mired in their zeal and so entrenched in their blindness to destroy Obama that they didn't realize how the ground was pulled from under their feet by the Tea Party as a wedge started to widen between them and their real duties as the elected representatives of the people. They sold out to special interests, to greedmongers and to Bible Belt ideologues. They shot themselves in the foot, alienated the vast majority of the country and completely discredited themselves in the process.

    And now comes the bitter, punch-in-the-gut defeat and the acknowledgement that they wreaked havoc on this nation for 16 days and didn't achieve a single goal they had set for themselves and their spongers and cronies. Now, they may have squandered their chance to retain majority in the House next year, never mind gaining majority in the Senate, and put myriads of miles between themselves and a chance at the White House in 2016....The rise and fall of a corrupted kakistocracy.

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. quent97

    February 7th, 2014, hmmmm looks like I will be filing for my tax refund mighty early so that it doesn't get caught up in the next debacle. PAY ME!!!

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Thomas

    Heck, I'm so deeply in debt, I could start a government.

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Soda

    And we kicked the can a little further down the road. Sad day... Who wants to bet they will not have figured out a way to live within a budget the next time this comes up

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "the poll that said Americans would prefer it to go through vs. default. "

    No, that's a mischaracterization. Polls were asking people whether they believed the shutdown or default threats were appropriate means of getting what the GOP/Teatrolls were demanding. They were not asking "if you had to choose one or the other." Rather, they were asking whether these shenanigans were an acceptable and appropriate manner of governing the country.

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  21. Ladarna

    I'll allow it? LOL, like you have a choice m0r0n. You lost, try spinning it however you want, but you lost, and your party will pay dearly for it next election.

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  22. rr

    I'm from Texas and thought Cruz was an idiot when he was running. Proved me right.

    October 16, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  23. A Citizen

    I think as citizens we need to get rid of all the Senate and Congressmen and completely elect new officials who will represent the citizens instead of their own agendas. Obamacare is going to be funded by us, taxpaying citizens, and that is ridiculous when we are the ones who work and our companies supply our medical needs, which we pay a fee for so why should we pay for the rest of the world (figure of speech).

    October 16, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  24. Charlie

    Who the hell does Boehner think he is? "I will allow it." Incredible. Crud and Bull.

    October 16, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. Kenny

    I strongly urge every Republican to vote "NO!".

    October 16, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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