December 4th, 2013
09:15 PM ET
12 months ago

Crossfire: Rep. Jason Chaffetz: 'We're not doing a government shutdown'

(CNN) - Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, indicated Wednesday that there won't be another government shutdown.

"We're not doing a government shutdown," Chaffetz said in response to questions from CNN's Crossfire co-host Stephanie Cutter about the priorities of Republicans in the House, pointing to the last partial government shutdown.

In October, with the White House and Congress unable to settle their budgetary differences, the federal government was partially shut down for more than two weeks and came very close to running out of money to pay its bills.

The bill funding the government now runs out in mid-January at nearly the same time as another round of forced budget cuts is due to hit.

"We've passed more than 150 bills that the United States Senate has never taken up," the tea party-backed congressman said of House Republicans. "As a conservative, taking the metric of how many bills you've passed is not exactly how you make sure you grow the economy."

Also appearing on Crossfire, Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California, suggested Crossfire co-host and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich return as Speaker.

"Do you remember you swore me in in 1998?" Lee said. "I'll tell you, we got a lot done during that period. Maybe you ought to come back and do some in-service training."

Gingrich served as House Speaker from 1995 through 1998.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Tom l

    So yet another lie from Obama. He keeps saying that repubs have "no ideas" about healthcare but that is just patently false and divisive. Repubs have many ideas including buying insurance across state lines, tort reform and grouping small businesses together to form a larger pool. Those are certainly ideas and none have been considered by dems not Obama. Big. Liar. Period. (And my period means its actually the end of my statement)

    December 4, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  2. S. B. Stein

    I think the issue is that there are too many ideologically driven bills passed in the House that they know won't be taken up in the Senate.

    December 4, 2013 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Yeah right, you baggers took pride in the shutdown before you found out that most Americans blamed you for the idiocy. You will do it again if you can convince the brain dead that it is someone else's fault. Low life forms like pythons and tea baggers are not our friends.

    December 4, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Make our day Guns Over People tea potty domestic terrorists. Fill Rapheal Cruz' pockets with money again.

    December 5, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  5. A True Conservative

    So what other bargaining chip do you have? Stop listening to your "friends" in the democrat party.....though I'm certain that they really do care about you and don't want to see you hurt your chances of regaining control of the Senate by causing another shutdown!

    December 5, 2013 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  6. Anonymous

    yea right, as if yu repubs have the gaul to go against a tea.party gang, who just wants to punish america for electing a black president.

    December 5, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  7. The Right Left

    Looks like this TEA BOY has learned his lesson.

    December 5, 2013 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  8. TomInRochNY

    "We've passed more than 150 bills that the United States Senate has never taken up," the tea party-backed congressman said of House Republicans. "As a conservative, taking the metric of how many bills you've passed is not exactly how you make sure you grow the economy."

    Here's a car for you. It'll blow up if you start it. Come one, drive it around a while and see if you like it. Go ahead, drive it. I gave you a car, why aren't you driving it?

    December 5, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  9. sonkarlay

    They said that the last time, they know the health care is improving so they got nothing now to talk about accept their old play book, American will see how the republicans party is

    December 5, 2013 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  10. Gurgyl

    By Ted Cruz, the most idiot, you already did SHUT-DOWN caused 34 billion dollars in 16 days. Didn't you?

    December 5, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  11. Richard Long

    Obama needs his Chinese Express Card Spending Limit to support:
    – the highest participation for food stamps
    – payment for the Obamacare website that is still not finished
    – keep pledge to Africa for $7 billion
    – fund Obamacare because none of the young are signing up
    – pay for Obama's fundraising trips
    – pay for Obamacare commercials
    – etc

    December 5, 2013 07:46 am at 7:46 am |