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. Clarke

    Boy, we need lawmakers that actually care about our country and it's people. These people are looking to fill their pockets, they are for sale to the highest bidder. Disgraceful!

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. rs

    All those supporting these measures now, will reap what they sow down the road. It doesn't matter what party you are from, as we cannot sustain this type of government financially.
    _________________
    Radical pablum- crashing the economy is no solution either. If one party seizes the budget as a weapon, one must assume the worst.

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. lean6

    "I dont think mr boehner is a bad guy hes in the worst position and his caucus is full of suicidal idiots."

    @deee510
    Hogwash! Boehner made personal choices to further his own career and the political agenda of his party. He's not innocent by any stretch of the imagination. He's selfish and a cell of the same cancer as the rest of the right wing occupying our Congress.

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. sgrieb

    Yea for us Democrats!!
    These wealthy Republicans & The Tea Parties seem to keep loosing their "battles" these days. You would think that they would get the hint by now that money does not buy everything, especially the American People!!

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. southernsuga

    Did the Tortilla Coast think they stood a chance against these United States of America?

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Foghorn Leghorn

    I wonder how many times the majority of voters will continue to vote in the likes of either party, before they start to realize that this system needs to be remedied. I certainly wish more Independents would and could run as to shake up the status quo and cause the partisan agenda to better toe the line. Shutdowns, don't need to happen, and probably wouldn't if parties were more about the people and less about the party..

    Now get away from me boy, you bother me..

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. DT

    This is great news, we won!

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Bob Ross

    Cruz is a blithering IDIOT!!

    October 16, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. edpeters101

    Now Cruz is going to act like he's being reasonable? Talk about BS! Can't wait for 2014, and when the GNOP does this again. Then it will be close enough to elections for them to get their clocks cleaned (for GNOP'ers, that means bye-bye)..

    October 16, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. Wootings

    So let me get this straight...the wildly radicalized Republican party holds the entire nation hostage for a few weeks, holding a metaphorical gun to all our heads, costing hundreds of thousands of government workers an awful lot of wages (and/or costing taxpayers massive amounts of money if we wind up paying said workers for a few weeks of not having done any work), for no rational reason whatsoever other than the irrefutable fact that they're d1ck$... then they finally decide that they can't win and give up.

    And I suppose there's going to be celebrations about this...

    I hope for all our sakes that a Republican never holds another public office ever again, for the sake of the entire country.l

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

    Dear Sen. Cruz,
    Not everyone in the U.S. is against the ACA (Obamacare). Thank you.

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Minh Tran

    Yah!!! Down Jones is going up more than 200 points.

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Swing Voter

    Does Ted Cruz was his eyelashes or something? they look odd somehow

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. Nodack

    I will NEVER EVER vote for another Republican again. I hope you are the Republican Presidential candidate Cruz. America could rally behind defeating you.

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. The Truth Hurts

    And they kicked the can again...

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. Anup

    All this drama was like a movie and suspense ended on time and as predicted.

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  17. Stephan

    Is there anyone out there who thinks that Ted "Cruzin for the presidency" really cares about anyone but himself? The only objective outcome of his campaigning was that he single-handedly set the Republican Party back 20 years. Now, the House and Senate will be Democratically controlled next election. Kudos for Teddy boy though, he managed to destroy the very group that was instructing him what to say and do.............The so-called Tea Party! Hmmmmm Tea Party.......what an original name eh? You have no chance Ted........and you will probably lose your seat too!

    October 16, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Kevin Morgan

    Cruz and the Tea party have caused great damage and cost to the people of the United States and all for nothing. The GOP can't control the Tea Party and needs to stop calling Tea Party members republicans as they are truly another party that will continue to cause harm to the our country

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. Name hurt

    Was a republican.. NOT NO MORE THANKS TO U COWARDLY CRUZ....

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. jerry carver

    Thank You, Obama for not giving in to those hijacking extortionist teehead republicians. They can go to Hell as far as I am concerned. People don't need to forget about this come election.

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Patriot

    See y'all in February 2014 – same bickering, same harm to the country. Hey maybe we'll have our rating downgraded again. That'll help the country and get us back on course, right? Lookin' really good, GOP. Lookin' REALLY good...I'm looking at you, Tea Party caucus...*golf clap* Hey I know, instead of trying to desperately to waste your time in Congress to derail Obamacare, hey why don't you good public servants work to make it the piece of legislation it NEEDS to be for the GOOD of the country. Because health care in this country is totally stupid right now, and I mean Ted Cruz in clown shoes stupid with executives' pockets overflowing.

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Erica Henri

    The winner in this debacle is Dana Bash. Great professional reporting.

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. BostonDan

    Lost in all the partisan BS is the fact that the country is still borrowing more than it can sustain. Raising the debt limit just kicks the can down the road. Sooner or later, we will have to pay for our gross overspending gigantic overreaching government. We need real cuts to entire departments that are not effective. Not just decreases in requested increases of budgets (which is exactly what we have now...despite the misleading statements and blatant lies of our elected and appointed officials). We need to elect more people with the guts to cut. Whole departments should be on the block, including the Dept of Education. Ask any teacher if the federal education bureaucracy has helped in any way except demand expensive reports and goofy programs. I'm sure they do some minor good somewhere, but not worth what they cost.

    October 16, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Amanda

    Wait wait....John B....how quickly you forget....I thought this wasn't a game? Now you're quoted as saying "we fought a good fight, we just didn't win"? Sounds like a game to me, a game that the people who have put ALL of you in office are the ones paying for it. How sad this has all become.

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. jaana

    great the people with ethics cave again.. f-ing all of us.. cruz may not block but that does not mean he'll vote yes..

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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