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. larry

    Wake up America & who ever running the house of Repesentives.Get Obama out of office.Enough is Enough.Its called impeach the Obamas & his staff.

    October 16, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Bob

    Btw, who are the million being hurt by the ACA. I keep hearing this statement yet their are no details. Say a lie often enough and with enough emphasis, suddenly it is a truth everyone knows. LOL

    October 16, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. Harald

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win,"
    That was not a fight, let alone a "good fight", but gambling on the back of the American people.
    Only politicians can be so disconnected.

    October 16, 2013 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. dp73

    Were was all the outrage when President Bush put up record debt? Many americans seems to suffer from amnesia and hypocrisy when the Party they didn't vote for gets in.

    October 16, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Cord

    Obamacare has already failed on its own and there is no turning back for the time being.

    October 16, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. darknesscrown

    Government gets funded until january and the debt limit extended to February. We'll be RIGHT BACK HERE in 9 weeks. GOP just drags us from one crisis to the next. What's the demand for the next shutdown? Defund Obamacare...again? Why don't they hold another 150 votes to repeal it between now and then? That should be productive.

    October 16, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  7. zappo15

    Cruz and Boehener need their own country to set up a dictatorship. Texas is a good candidate. They should proceed with secession there. A vote by the Texas public is not necessary.

    October 16, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Larry L

    @Carrie

    Let Obamacare fail, it will and no one to blame but Democrats!
    ---------
    Really? The hundreds of millions of dollars spent by the right-wing lobby to distort America's understanding of the law was the Democrat's fault? The last minute efforts by the Republicans in the House to prevent facilitators from helping people select the options was the Democrat's fault? How about the cyber-attack on the on-line system. Think that effort came from the Democrats? How about the compromise away from a single-payer system? Democrats? Think again...

    Remember – Republicans had no ideas... nothing to solve the problem. Typical.

    October 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  9. Someguysarerude

    Lousy comment enabling here in the political section.

    October 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  10. SV

    I'm not fooled by their tactics. Republicans WANT everyone in office to be thrown out so the Koch Brothers and the Teabaggers can more easily and affordably influence congressional races to get their preferred candidates elected. Never, ever trust a republican. (And is it just me or is Ted Cruz' nose getting longer and longer?)

    October 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  11. OhioMario

    If the definition of terrorism includes threatening the well-being of citizens if certain demands are not met, and this threat involves money (ransom), we know we have some homegrown terrorists in Congress.

    October 16, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  12. darknesscrown

    No one is being harmed by the ACA. Not even insurance companies. The only casualties being generated at a neck-snapping pace are conservatives' principles being slowly abandoned because they still think this is 1799.

    October 16, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  13. Lundo

    Good job GOP. After this the Dems will control the Presidency, the House and the Senate. Well done Tea Baggers.

    October 16, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  14. lean6

    "Boehner said on WLW that he would "absolutely" bring the Senate bill to the floor. "I'm going to meet with all the Republicans here and encourage them," he said. "There's no reason for our members to vote no.""

    Either he is still playing dress up and theatrics in front of the cameras, or he just set himself up for the loons in his party to decapitate him in front of the entire world.

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Jackson

    larry

    Wake up America & who ever running the house of Repusentives.Get Obama out of office.Enough is Enough.Its called impeach the Obamas & his staff.

    ____________________

    Impeach him for what????? Exactly what offense did he commit that is impeachable under the law?

    See, neocons like you love to throw around the "impeach" word, but can never cite exact precedent for what law he broke.

    Reagan committed high treason in Iran/Contra. There is something impeachable.
    Bush used fake intel to start a war, lying to congress to get their support. There is something impeachable.

    Now, your turn.

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  16. Jez

    Republican'ts caused this debacle. Holding the US economy in jeopardy is a Republican't terrorist tactic that the GOP has used since Bill Clinton's presidency. Their goal has ZERO to do with America's best interests – their self-serving goals are only to enhance their careers, and to tank Obama, no matter what the cost to Americans. The GOP is hammering nails in their own coffins.

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  17. Carrie

    Stocks go up and I get richer and richer thank you!!!

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  18. luvUamerica

    Do the House GOP members do all this crap so that they can feel important?

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  19. mk

    Notice all the rhetoric is "we won" and "we lost." The "we" is not the American people, but the egos of our politicians, their money, and their parties. Americans need to quit treating our country like a 2 party game with winners and losers and come up with real ideas to solve problems. Quit taking the easy way out by name calling.

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  20. Data Driven

    I keep seeing comments bellyaching about the national debt.

    Hey conservatives! We have been in continuous debt since 1789, at the very moment of our inception! And we still managed to become a bloated paper tiger 224 years later!

    Pick a new talking point!

    October 16, 2013 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. cbp

    At the eleventh hour with their ratings in the hole the Republicans might be willing to sign on to this plan. The fact that they left us all hanging does not make any one comfortable. Speaker Boehner and Majority Whip Cantor let this go on for far too long. When politics is the overriding reason for inaction everyone loses. The American people were the losers once again as the Republican leadership toyed with the plans sent to them to try to solve the debt crisis. Certain Republicans used the time to have their fifteen minutes of fame and that was not necessary.

    Mr. Cruz and Mr. Lee took it upon themselves to slow down progress and put us at a definite disadvantage. They never stopped to think that their actions could or would undermine so much. It is important to make cuts but they cannot be made under threats nor while holding the country hostage. All decisions should be made through a win-win process. No one person or group has all the answers.

    October 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. mike

    The king of the house will allow a vote. Why did the kiing of the house use the government down in the first place. Boehner is the nuttiest one in congress.

    October 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  23. dennisf255

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win,"

    Win what? Fight for what?

    This ranks amongst the most doomed, pointless, crank waving fiasco in U.S. history. They held the world economy hostage for what? Sociopathic narcissists.

    October 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  24. Ruben

    "However, Cruz told reporters that he wouldn't mount a filibuster..." He should mount himself first, then Boehner and Reid. I feel mounted as an American citizen.

    October 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. danita

    I don't blame the man... Let bama have his way along with all of the welfare folks. All you democratic real tax payers are going to be kicked in the butt with bamacare... Bama is out today meeting with Miss American and this is what we have for a president... This is just too funny... Half the folks who voted bama won't even have internet when he finishes stealing from the working to give to his so called poor people who really are the lazy folks.

    October 16, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
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