October 16th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
9 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. Hillcrester

    Sorta looks like it is a done deal, no?

    BTW, Charles, it is not uncommon for a bill to start in one House and be approved in the other one. If the House doesn't like it, they can amend, defeat, or not consider.

    It is happening this way because the House GOP hardliners' anti-ACA strategy DIDN'T WORK.

    October 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Lamar

    I am totally against Obamacare, but with that being said. Cruz went about this the wrong way, and God help us if he ever decides to run for president. I will definitely be looking in the "independent" column during the next elections.

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

    John Boehner is saying they "fought the good fight" but lost. Wow, nice poopy pants party for 16 days that cost us millions. Can we sent the bill to the GOTP?

    October 16, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. frank

    It isn't over yet. This is a temp patch. Even flaming liberal democrats one day must face the music you can not spend more than you take in. That is the focus of Republicans backed by those conservatives that elected them. Those of you in the work force have not seen your insurance premiums go up, you coverage go down(higher copays) and your deductibles go right through the roof, but you will. Do you really really like paying for someone else's health care that will not get up off their ass to work for it like you do? If a person wants something they need to earn it, via work, not suck the dollars to pay for it out of a strangers wallet/bank account.

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. jimranes

    The junior Senator from Texas says "He won't try to block the deal"....who does this insufferable idiot think he is? Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz from Canada/Cuba may want to return to his roots. His inflated ego and narcissism is disgusting! Without affirmative action Rafael would have never been admitted to Princeton.

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. too little too late

    the damage has already been done both parties been ripping this country off for centuries now.

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. jrm03063

    I have a message for the GOP: These proceedings are now closed.

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Name hurt

    Ted cruz should be and is the most hated person in america right underneath osama bin laden

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. JJ

    What a colossal waste of time & money! This shut down has cost the US Government something like $2 billion (and counting). It should come right out of the Koch brothers.

    What a shock: the Banana Republicans CAVED, completely, because they have NO concept of how this democracy works. Yes, they hate the ACA. Fine. BUT THEY LOST. REPEATEDLY. So you wanna repeal it? Win more elections.

    Traitors. I just hope the voters remember this in 2014. RIP GOP.

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. ggbickley

    Congratulations, Comrades! It's heartwarming to see you bask in your big win to protect the "Affordable Care Act" that is neither affordable nor caring. Yes, now you and your Dear Leader can continue to march right over all common sense and keep killing us with your liberal "kindness."

    October 16, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Ordnry1

    Mr. Boehner, it's not about winning or losing. The whole thing should be about what is at stake and what is best for the country. Many average citizens like myself understand that "default" and "government shutdown" shouldn't take place at all and I don't understand why members of the House and Senate try to avoid it as early as possible.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. Weary

    It's time to deport Ted Cruz.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. DJR

    Not really impressive. Anyone who is anyone knew a deal would come, they are all holding hands out back. Kissy kiss! This is the deal, Obama care is gonna steal steal and steal more from the average american than anything at any time in the history of mankind! Anyone who defends these proceedings are lost, What pitiful times we live in.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. david shoup

    Thank you Sen Cruz. Your comment on not mounting a challenge is refreshing. I am not sure about the ACA as many others are. Now fight it through proper means

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Ruben

    Congress–don't applaud yourselves for "averting a shutdown" when you were at the wheel of the omnibus driving it over the cliff and almost sending the American economy and the faith of a nation with it. Of course this whole mess could have been avoided if you had been doing your jobs since 2009!

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. tony

    Electoral reform is overdue. Why do low population country areas of small states have the power to overide a nationally elected President? Lets have national elections for all national policymakers.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. grady

    The "Ted' revolt is over...I am sure that when it came down to crunch time those who fund republican candidacies let him know the he, himself, could be a victim of a "primary"...

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. josh

    We should all realize that in a big way Ted Cruz orchestrated and pushed for this chaos and at the last second he punks out and leaves his colleagues hanging in the wind for pursuing something they should never had..hopefully though this will have the dems win back the congress

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Data Driven

    @Jon Q,

    I suspect the shutdown was "for" any big-time financial players who shorted the market in September. Clean up time!

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. maxim030390

    So, if I understand right, there is still a big chance of tomorrow's default? yes? – I so confused.

    October 16, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  21. bgorilla

    "we fought the good fight"...What!!!!? Using extortion you did. Repubs should be ashamed of themselves...costing America like they did, Extortionist.

    October 16, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. John

    Lies all lies CNN, Congress, President all lie to the public. The government is out of business period they have been foreclosed on. Anything they do is without consent of the people.

    October 16, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  23. bikermiker

    Theater of the absurd at its finest! The American people should be very proud to be represented on the world stage by such a group of losers. If ever there were a time to get out and vote – the next electoin cycle would be the time!

    October 16, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. JD

    Hey, guess what Cruz – a majority of the American People are for the President and the Affordable Care Act. You and those who supported the shutdown tactic, are terrorists in the purest sense. This country has been asking for a change in healthcare for at least as long as I have been paying taxes and getting nothing but cuts to benefits. Finally we have a president that has a different idea and rolls it out despite Republican intervention. I say let's try something different than the same old "rich getting richer while the poor get poorer" standard that has been the norm for way too long.

    October 16, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. BJack

    ButSeriously and that was??? LOL!

    Now let's get back to work, I would like to know how much small business lost over these 16 days and how the lack of leadership on both sides had an impact. I am sure there were many businesses that need small business loans and other support. All the money wasted over the past 16 days could have been used to fix our infrastructure. Just saying...

    October 16, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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