October 16th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
11 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. Not A Republican Zombie

    John Boehner finally made a useful contribution to this entire disgraceful mess, he is getting out of the way, doing nothing, and shutting up. Hope it lasts.

    October 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. me

    Just how stupid is Ted Cruz? Or is he simply deaf... he says that others didn't listen to the American people? How dare he? Everyone said this guy is positioning himself for a 2016 White House run... yea, there is ZERO chance of him winning that election... just because he has a bunch of toothless, racist morons in his home district who voted for him, that will not help in a national election. It's more likely he's lining himself up for a big pay day on the Tea Party Loser tour, like his pal Sarah Palin. It's sad to see people with little touch to the real world get swept up with snake oil salesmen like this guy, especially because of the damage their ilk causes the country.

    October 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  3. Gerry Daley

    There was nothing "good about Boehner's fight. It caused needless suffering for hundreds f thousands of people because this fool and his fellow anarchists can't stand the fact that a black man won the presidency twice and that some poor people are getting some measure of health care. Boehner and his whole party are a disgrace.

    October 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  4. J.

    These knuckleheads once again have taken us to the brink of potential economic catastrophe. That said, the voting public hopefully has a better sense of the indebtedness and precarious condition of our country's finances and economy, and that could be a good thing provided voters think about and analyze where we are and implications of our decisions going forward rather than merely regurgitate soundbites which are stated, repeated and repeated again on MSNBC and Fox.

    October 16, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  5. Steven Colo

    So they shut down the world's biggest most powerful nation for sixteen days, and managed to reach a two month standoff after two weeks of impassioned fighting. What are these clowns good for again? This entire crisis was made by them, and replaced what sued to be an automatic vote.

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  6. Joe Silva

    I'll allow it? huh!

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. mblue

    Cruz, Lee, Boehner and their cohorts should be arrested and jailed for obstruction of democracy. They're fools.

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. PeterFatKid

    Remember what the hostage takers did come election day....and especially when your medical coverage gets paid without you going for your lungs

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. mjbrin

    "Blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us," Boehner said in a statement. "Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care law will continue."
    Seriously?! they couldn't have done that right from the start?! no it was better to put people out of work.

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  10. in the state of Texas

    This could have been settled long time ago if Republicans had not added the "no floor vote" unless Cantor says so on the eve of the shutdown. Obviously several Republicans did NOT read what they were voting for. Obama found out what happened but said nothing except to push Boehner to vote and Boehner said didn't have the votes when they probably did. Obama was smart not to say anything but just let the House Republicans dig their own grave. Obama is not as stupid/dumb as people think he is. For some reason he comes out on top when the going gets tough.

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. MJ

    Why is this " possible U.S. default" different from all the previous U.S. defaults (most recently, in 1971, when bondholders were stiffed of their gold)?

    October 16, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. jeff

    Republicans...once again...cave into Democratic pressure.

    Plain and simple. Oh well..you can only kick a dog so many times before that dog will bits you in the behind Democrats.

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. J Corey

    I think all Congressional Deadlines should be 48 hours. Clearly they can only accomplish things last minute.

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Daniel Maddigan

    If the confederacy was the chicken pox, the tea party would be the shingles.

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. TomGI

    "BOEHNER: I'LL ALLOW IT"

    Yeah, right. Did you check with Jim DeMint first? Jim Jordan?

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. Name jan53

    Obama did negotiate .

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Data Driven

    @A Citizen,

    " as citizens we need to get rid of all the Senate and Congressmen and completely elect new officials who will represent the citizens"

    Blah blah. We did that in 2010 and got the "tea party".

    Are there ANY Conservatives willing to accept responsibility for their "tea party" mistake? Getting REAL tired of the "throw them all out" posts.

    Dems are proud of the leaders today. We ain't throwin em out. Sorry.

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. floyd from illinois

    >It's all there, black and white, clear as crystal! ... so you get nothing! You lose! Good day, sir! <

    The Teabaggers fought their war on the American people, they lost, they get nothing, sayonara losers!

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    huge cave what a joke

    October 16, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. ProtectAmericanJobs

    There are no winners in this fiasco and especially not the American people.

    Maybe they could actually start working on America's most important issues.

    The Citizens of the United States of America need our elected leaders from both parties to start working together to actually start trying to fix the real problems in our country like "out-sourcing", illegal immigration, the out of control costs of health care insurance and our reliance on foreign fuel.

    For decades both parties have sold out the bulk of the American citizens, who they're supposed to represent, by allowing the incursion of illegal aliens and the "out-sourcing" floodgates to open wider and wider without taking any sensible measures to stem the tide.

    Our economic problems didn't happen overnight. It's been happening over the past 15-20 years, but the economy was kept going by middle class Americans tapping into the equity on their homes until they were completely tapped out. Devastating annual health insurance increases started crushing our business 12-15 years before President Obama was even elected. I didn't vote for President Obama, but at least he had the guts to take on the healthcare insurance issue in the first place – Although it would have been better if both sides could have worked together to come up with a better plan. I consider myself an independent voter, but going back to the Reagan days and with the only exception having been Perot, I've always voted Republican. But I'm most angry at the GOP right now!

    But please let's not forget that it was President Clinton who got us into bed with China in the first place. Nixon restored normal diplomatic relations between the US and China, but Clinton is the one who opened up the trade floodgates with China. Under Clinton jobs to China, Under Bush I & II influx of illegals/cheap labor into the US and jobs to Mexico/NAFTA – Started by Bush and signed into effect by Clinton. I loved President Reagan because he brought pride and respect back to our country after those embarrassingly weak Carter years, but unfortunately his shortsighted economic policy sent us down the wrong path. Jeez and the wizards on Wall Street wonder why the American people aren't putting as much money into savings and their 401k plans anymore. Maybe it's because the shortsighted economic policies, from the 1980's to the present, have come back to bite the hands that feed them. I guess the thought of changing from a manufacturing based economy to a service based economy of smoke and mirrors is working out just great? Not!

    The ONLY REAL FIX for Our Country is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Jobs to US Citizens who Pay Income Tax.

    Americans don't care which side fixes it – Just fix it.

    Wouldn't it be More Productive if Our Elected Leaders Started Working Together as AMERICANS for AMERICANS and AMERICA, instead of just bickering, stalling and posturing for the next election as democrats and republicans! The American People have had it with this unproductive BS! The way that both parties having been operating for years just stinks! Neither party has really been looking out for the best interests of the US Citizens who elect them and who they're supposed to represent.

    Perot said it back in 1992 "Jobs getting sucked out of the country" – Many people saw it back then, but unfortunately too many people bought into the spin of "BS" that we were being sold. Seems that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral issues like gay marriage and abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they lost sight of the bigger picture.

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  21. Adam

    America thanks you orange Boehner for dragging us economically thru the mud last 2 months. We are GREATFUL that you "allow it" for us peasants. Please sir, please sir may you allow it also come February. voters wrath next election

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Name hurt

    Ted cruz should be on the u.s most wanted.

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  23. jj

    Still holding my breath. Thanks to Mr. Reid and the Senate. Hope that the cooler and wiser heads will prevail for the sake of the country.

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  24. Wow

    Tom101

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

    Remeber when the tea party/GOP tried to stop Communism from taking over America! But all the Dem/Liberals cheered for joy at the loss of Freedom.

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Jacob

    Buy that Speaker a one way ticket to Ohio....

    October 16, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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