October 31st, 2013
08:47 PM ET
6 months ago

GOP on insurance cancellations: "We told you so"

Washington (CNN) - The White House isn't in damage-control mode solely over a bad health care website.

As the Obama administration is trying to calm concerns across the country from Americans being dropped from their current plans, Republicans on Capitol Hill are saying, "We told you so."

In March 2010, then-Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, came to the House floor as Democrats were poised to pass Obamacare and issued a warning.

"Look at this bill," Boehner said. "Ask yourself: Do you really believe that if you like the health plan that you have, that you can keep it? No, you can't."

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October 16th, 2013
06:14 PM ET
6 months ago

In defeat, Boehner may live to fight another day

Washington (CNN) - Only 61 people in the history of the United States have held the position. It's the second most powerful in the country and second in line to the presidency.

But after this week, not many people may want to be Speaker of the House.

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Filed under: Congress • John Boehner
October 16th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
6 months ago

Boehner: 'We fought the good fight. We just didn't win'

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner is admitting a Republican loss over the shutdown and debt ceiling battle – for this round at least.

"We fought the good fight. We just didn't win," Boehner told Cincinnati radio station WLW on Wednesday after the Senate stepped in to effectively end the legislative impasse.
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Filed under: Government Shutdown • John Boehner
October 16th, 2013
03:42 PM ET
6 months ago

Some key conservatives say Boehner's safe

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner saw his own members repeatedly rebel and refuse to follow his strategy to avoid a partial government shutdown and go to the brink of a potential default.

Unable to persuade a bloc of conservatives to go along with a fight that has driven GOP poll numbers down, some are calling him one of the weakest House Speakers.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • John Boehner
House GOP backup plan would be "Republican" only bill
October 14th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
6 months ago

House GOP backup plan would be "Republican" only bill

Washington (CNN) - Speaker John Boehner and other top House GOP leaders are meeting Monday afternoon to discuss their options and consider preparing their own bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

One senior House Republican leadership aide tells CNN that if negotiations don't speed up in the Senate and something doesn't get moving soon, it could be difficult to reach a deal before Thursday's debt ceiling deadline because of possible time-consuming procedural hurdles in the Senate.
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Filed under: House Republicans • John Boehner
October 11th, 2013
06:18 PM ET
6 months ago

Obama, Boehner agree all sides should keep talking

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner agreed in a phone call Friday that talks should continue on ending the partial government shutdown and avoiding a possible default, spokesmen for the two leaders said.

However, Obama "has some concerns" with the latest House GOP proposal considered an opening gambit in the budget brinksmanship, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

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Obama positive on GOP debt limit proposal, continues to demand government reopen
October 11th, 2013
12:29 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama positive on GOP debt limit proposal, continues to demand government reopen

Washington (CNN) –- President Barack Obama acknowledged that the Republican proposal on a six week debt ceiling increase was a good thing in an hour-and-a-half meeting with House Republican leadership Thursday night, according to a Democratic source familiar with the gathering.

The meeting overall was an amicable one, featuring some of the first real dialogue between the two sides in recent weeks. The point of contention remains on Obama’s demand to reopen the government, for which Republicans still want concessions on spending, the source said.
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House Democrats amplify criticism of Boehner for shutdown
October 8th, 2013
02:46 PM ET
7 months ago

House Democrats amplify criticism of Boehner for shutdown

Washington (CNN) - House Democratic leaders Tuesday sought to show party solidarity by continuing to blame congressional Republicans, specifically House Speaker John Boehner, for the partial government shutdown.

Following a caucus leadership meeting, Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly compared Boehner's influence over the House to a 19th century monarch.

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Filed under: Government Shutdown • John Boehner
First on CNN: DNC targets key Republicans over shutdown
October 8th, 2013
12:32 PM ET
7 months ago

First on CNN: DNC targets key Republicans over shutdown

Washington (CNN) - The Democratic National Committee said Tuesday that it was launching a paid media campaign that targets Republican congressional leaders, blaming them for shutting down the federal government and risking a default on the nation's obligations.

The DNC told CNN that it is beginning the first phase of its campaign with robocalls and online ad campaigns utilizing Twitter and Google ads targeting voters in the home states of House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
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Filed under: DNC • Government Shutdown • John Boehner
October 8th, 2013
11:53 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama calls Boehner over shutdown, debt ceiling

(CNN) - President Barack Obama reiterated to House Speaker John Boehner in a phone call Tuesday morning that he was willing to negotiate with Republicans "over policies that Republicans think would strengthen the country," but only after the government shutdown and debt ceiling issues are resolved, the White House said. Earlier, a Boehner spokesman characterized Obama's remarks as declining to negotiate over the government funding and debt ceiling issues.

The White House announced late Tuesday morning that the President would address reporters and answer questions at 2 p.m. ET.


Filed under: John Boehner • President Obama
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