October 16th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
1 year 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. Charles R Barbour

    If the Senate is charged with the responsibility of discharging all duties of the legislative branch of the government, then exactly why is there a need for the House of Representatives and their salaries at all?

    October 16, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. keith

    John Boehner tells WLW radio that "we fought the good fight, we just didn't win," adding he'll encourage his caucus to back Senate deal.

    Thats right all you did is cost Americans money Rocket Scientist...

    October 16, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Bad Taste

    Republicants, were those from Blade Runner?

    October 16, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. omeany

    Great now we can do this all over again after the holidays! And don't fool yourselves, they'll take us to the brink again and again until we vote the GOP majority out of the House and keep them out of the Senate until they get rid of the Tea Party element.

    October 16, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    Also, the White House supports a provision in the deal that strengthens verification measures for people getting subsidies under Obamacare, spokesman Jay Carney said.
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    In other words, this new bill is nearly identical to the one that has been sitting on Spkr. Boehner's desk since before Oct 1, when the government was shut down. The spending levels in both versions of the bill specify the sequestered spending levels, which represents a concession and compromise by Democrats.

    October 16, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. RJ

    So essentially, Cruz and his ilk in the House cried like babies for 3 weeks until their parents finally put them in their crib and shut the door.

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. lean6

    Boehner: "We fought the good fight, we just didn't win." What happened to his claim that this wasn't a d am n game? It's insane that we don't have a process for removing this cancer from our Congress.

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. lB Colorado

    They all are losers. Like this was not going to happen – all of the drama and everyone throwing each other under the bus, all about the drama on both sides – No one wins here – spending money that you don't have is never ever a good thing. They all suck at their jobs and should be fired. Can you imagine what their check book must look like – very scary. Obama – Leader – my butt, Reid – just plain awful and Boehner – well you know them. Not one worth the pay check they receive. They cannot do their job as they were elected to do – FIRE THEM ALL.

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Jon Q

    So what was the shutdown for? How about it, John "asshat" Boehner? So basically all this shutdown crap was for NOTHING?!?! That's what you're tell the US public? "We fought the good fight, we just didn't win"

    Personally, I think the people of this country need to wake the hell up and vote each and everyone in the Senate and House OUT OF OFFICE! We need term limits and to reduce their pay!

    I served over 20 years in the Air Force for 50% retirement and have to pay for my healthcare and these people shut down the US Government (Epic fail BTW) for no good reason just to give the Dems what they originally asked for a month ago.

    You should all be ASHAMED! In fact just go ahead and stand down....Just awful. If you were in a "REAL" job you'd all be fired!!

    Please send these people a strong message....Rep/Dem/Ind doesn't matter, send a message that what they did here is completely unacceptable! Make sure they do not have jobs next election!

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Mark

    "We fought the good fight" ??? They had already lost the "good fight" something like 42 times? Maybe what he should have said was, "we gave the good drama.' Like the American people need to be put through these budget dramas every quarter or however often they happen.

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. ray

    this racists cruz is a loser, deport this racists back to canada. i always thought white americans had some dignity, integrit and most of all honest people , LORDS KNOWS HOW WRONG I WAS,

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. cookie

    I think they should default now the GOP look worse. We need to stop borrowing and paid our bills. If the President had any leadership he would have done a budget long time ago. This is temporary fix. Hope you know. We are going to have the same issue in January. This country is going for the opposite direction that they need to go, Next election fired everybody and Washington. This country is headed for Socialism and dictatorship.Keep borrowing and relining on the government we are going to become another China.

    October 16, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. royal

    So we end this ridiculous charade in the continued, utter failure of all the politicians to do their jobs. Where are the cuts that should be happening to trim spending back? Remember, this standoff is about too much spending and not enough tax revenue. R were fighting to eliminate tax revenue only from the ACA. An economically disastrous action, but they have been wrecking this country for years now. Cuts are painful. Personally I think the 10% is what should have happened. Across the board, everybody takes a pinch, end of story. Everything else is just letting the politicians who have avoided their fiscal responsibility for over 30 years, continue to do nothing of consequence. There is nothing historic or great about this agreement.

    October 16, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. mike

    Cowardly Cruz

    October 16, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. droidgee

    Hooray! Can successfully kicked down the street AGAIN.

    October 16, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  16. misterflibble1

    "Ted Cruz will not block the vote"

    Yeah, because he's playing damage control for his political career now and he's thinking "Damn, I've ticked off A LOT of people, including my own party and I might not get re-elected next year." This government shutdown is the Tea party's fault 100% and I can only imagine the hate mail his office has received over the last 2 weeks.

    October 16, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    No art4u2...we have all lost

    October 16, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  18. SLE

    So...we just get to do this all over again in January, then?

    Good to know.

    October 16, 2013 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  19. deee510

    I dont think mr boehner is a bad guy hes in the worst position and his caucus is full of suicidal idiots.i wish theyd extend the debt ceiling atleast a year it would save some of these guys health problems from the stres

    October 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. TomGI

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

    It's not signed yet.

    October 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  21. Real American,

    You elected officials should stop messing with our 401(K). Do your job when the job needs to be done or you will be fired just like everybody else come 2014.

    October 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  22. freeme10

    Boehner doesn't this he won today with this deal. I disagree – all American's win when partisanship takes a step back and allows what is best for our country to take place. I think Speaker Boehner just thinks to narrowly as to which team he belongs.

    October 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  23. Delia

    Gee, how big of those racist, good ole boy senators to end the government shut down. Shame on you for taking as long as you did. Grow up and open your mind. Disgusting.

    October 16, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  24. Brian

    Who care what Cruz says??!! He's an opportunist preying on peoples fear and hate!! Sarah Palin...another dope!!
    Please America, this isn't Ronald Regan or George H Bush, you can disagree with them, but they had class. These people are idiots!! Bottom feeders!! The world is laughing!!!

    October 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  25. Don Landrum

    Quote from the story....".Senate Majority Leader 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.""

    HISTORIC?? I'll say it's historic. They couldn't get their act together two weeks ago??? How about APOLOGETIC to the poeple who were furloghed and can't make their rent, mortage, or things like FOOD?? How about a HUGE HISTORIC apology to the American people for being so darn screwed up they made us the laughing stock of the world. CNN state China saying "maybe it's time to de-Americanize the world". THAT is historic. Not a bunch of over paid elementary school kids fighting because they want it their own way. Give me a break!!

    October 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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