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. freedom

    And Robert Redford is chiming in?? Please...he is really displaying his lack of intelligence. He thinks just because the Obama administration receives opposition, that it's because of bigotry? Small mind, Mr. Redford... very small, indeed.

    October 16, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Mario

    Markets have spoken. Negotiate and make a deal and we all win. Play ideological games like the Tea Party, and we all sink.

    October 16, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Jom

    Now why couldn't this be done in the beginning. Men and their egos.

    October 16, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. jazzyk

    It is a shame the the hate of one man can cost this country so much....the tea beggers are the new KKK and those that follow them are no better than a bottom feeder.

    October 16, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. GIUK

    The Republicans, tea Party, and the rest of the right wing vermin lose, and America wins. Now that's a good thing.

    October 16, 2013 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. Scott

    One vital piece of information has not been disclosed yet on this "deal." They haven't said how much they need to raise the debt ceiling in order to fund the government for the next four months. I'd be willing to be that it's around $400 billion added to the debt ceiling, which spread out across the other 2/3rds of the year, means a deficit of $1.2 trillion in just one year.

    No one cares about the unsustainable debt though. Just as long as we are safe and happy for today, then who cares what tomorrow brings.

    October 16, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Annonymous

    Now let's see if the Senate passed somethign that will actually work or if they are just playing.

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  8. Crashman

    if "the conservative Republican plan had been implemented five years ago, say at the inception of what is now the Obama presidency, we would have far less debt and deficit."

    Yes, and the economy would still be in the crapper. Thanks, GOP.

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. wellhellothere

    I don't get it. Why is CNN reporting this like it's finally over. Hasn't the problem all along been in the House with its Tea Party group?

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. James

    Firing a salvo to maintain the current budget cap is short-sighted. Cuts will continue to depress the economy. Both parties need to channel more energy into finding ways to grow the economy. That will increase revenues and do even more to shrink deficits. It is time to be smarter about deficit reduction and ensuring America has a growing economy that benefits more of its citizens.

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. snhaulman

    About damn time.

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. Really31

    All Congress has done is push the problem down the road until after Christmas. The committee will not make any progress to finding a long term solution and it will all begin again. It is time that this country return to the 60's and revolt against Big Government and a Government who is completely incapable of functional. They all need to be replaced, all of them.

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Peter Grenader

    Nobody say/do anything until this thing passes the house. They've put us on this merry-go-round enough

    October 16, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. GeneC

    I sent this message below to all US Congress members of the House and Senate from my home state of Colorado.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    I am tired of well funded extremists holding our federal government hostage.
    I don't care if they are Tea Party right wingers, or any kind of extreme left wing group.
    Give them a voice, but not control of our government.
    We are a nation of boiling frogs, and the Tea Party have their hand on the burner right now. You can see it being played out right now in Washington, D.C. When extremists are well funded, the danger is real and it is not a future threat...it's happening now. Time to act.
    I am asking all of you who have been elected from Colorado to the US House and Senate to create a voting bloc that is less concerned about voting along party lines of command and control, and more concerned with doing what is in the best interests of a common good and most Americans.
    Move to the center; find the common good. Compromise. This is Democracy, after all.
    If your own party leaders in each chamber do not agree with compromise, remove them.
    Rally others in Congress to fight against well funded extremists, from the left and right in your own parties. When they show themselves, publicly confront and expose them for the danger they are to our ability to govern.
    As Democrats, provide support to Republicans that are not extremists.
    As Republicans, provide support to Democrats that are not extremists.
    We can keep what is good about a two party system; but we must act to reduce control of any party faction by the likes of the Tea Party folks.

    October 16, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Kicking the can further down the road....

    October 16, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. Nina

    If Cruz and his cronies try to block the vote, he and they will be the laughingstock of this country; he is a first term senator who has not learned to sit down, shut up and learn from the senior members of Congress. In short, he is a media hound who is a buffoon, and his smug obstinance will come back to bite him.

    October 16, 2013 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Blabber

    I don't envy Boehner's position right now, and although I don't agree with him a lot of the time, I don't think he's incompetent or notably corrupt, either.

    But he really is not the right guy for the job, right now. It seems like preserving his own career is top priority, and there's never going to be any happy ending in this whole debacle. I just hope he finally realizes that – breaking the Hastert rule doesn't seem like him.

    Then again, he seems to recognize the urgency of the situation, so who knows?

    October 16, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  18. American

    Can we all now agree that GOP is the party of the stupid

    October 16, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    I'm waiting to hear about Tea party suicide bombers.

    October 16, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. As-if

    YAY, lets borrow billions more from China just so we can pay that money to corrupt governments, the UN, and fuel bloated useless bureaucracy. Every American owes over 50K in debt as soon as they're born, but why stop there, WOOHOO lets borrow more to get less, YEAH!!

    October 16, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Darryl Scott

    Oh, good, We should have all 17 trillion paid off by February so it's all over now.

    October 16, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. MD

    "Harry Reid hailed the agreement he worked out with his GOP counterpart Mitch McConnell as "historic," saying that "in the end, political adversaries put aside their differences.""

    Shoulda done that in the first place! DUH!!!!!

    October 16, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. me and you

    where is all this money coming from and where is it going?

    October 16, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. GloSeattle

    No one needs to stand in the way... The House already passed HR368 on October 1, 2013 taking away parliamentary procedure restricting any member of the House regardless of their party to vote to take up a bill. This right is now reserved solely for the Speaker of the House or it's designee. Democracy is now lost in Congress, our system is now broken as no voices will be heard in The House of Representatives whether majority or minority unless the Speaker or who he appoints as designee puts it up for a vote. Wow, no one realizes what this means!!!

    October 16, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. art4u2

    CONSERVATIVES...Lose

    October 16, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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