Boehner: Woke up happy
July 29th, 2011
01:34 PM ET
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Boehner: Woke up happy

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans during a closed door meeting that he "woke up happy this morning," according to Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, who spoke to reporters after the meeting.

Boehner told GOP members "he loves some less than others today, but he loves us all," LaTourette said.

The Speaker's comments came as he and other top GOP leaders scrambled to make a change to their debt ceiling bill to get rebellious conservatives on board.  They were forced to pull the planned vote on the bill Thursday night after failing to round up enough support.  House Democrats have pledged a united front against the GOP plan.

After late night discussions on Thursday with conservative Republicans opposed or undecided on the measure, GOP leaders agreed to tweak the bill's language dealing with the balanced budget amendment.  To address concerns on the right flank about ensuring future spending cuts actually happen, the revised version of the bill would require that the second increase in the debt limit early next year be contingent on congressional passage of a balanced budget amendment.  The bill originally just mandated that a vote happen, not that it pass.

New Jersey Republican Scott Garrett, who was opposed, told reporters he could now support the bill, and predicted the bill would now pass because of the change.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, asked if leaders now had sufficient votes to pass their debt bill, said, "I think we do."

Speaker Boehner, according to a Republican who attended Friday's closed door meeting, told members, "'If we pass this today, we will have sent not one, but two bills to the Senate that would end this crisis,"' referring to the "cut, cap and balance" legislation the Senate rejected last week.

"'All that will stand between the American people and a resolution to this crisis will be the Senate, which has passed nothing,"' Boehner said, according to that Republican source.

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  1. sue

    No this won't work and you know it and your not listening to us......we want a bipartician proposal.....not one that you and these Freshmen Tea Baggers are pushing down our throats......if you want this bill to pass then extend it to after 2012 so we don't have to go through this again.....if your so sure that you are going to make Obama a one term President then after 2012 elections IF you win you will be able to do all your dirty deals then......but I don't think the American people will let the GOP or Tea Party have the majority in anything anymore.

    July 29, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Peggy - TX

    If a viable bill does not get passed, soon, …. Mr. Boehner, you must step down.!!!!

    Boehner shows he has no scruples by telling the American people that he has a bi-partisan solution that has passed the house, when it has provisions that the Senate said were DOA, that the President said were DOA.

    Speaker Boehner can not even get his own party in line to pass a bill that is viable. Stop passing stupid, symbolic bills that would clearly be bad for American such as the Cut and Cap bill that would limit the Government in time of crisis. No credible God loving, politician will support such a bill.

    How is it that these Republicans view the act of raising of the Dept ceiling as something that only they can use as leverage. Looks to me like they think the Democrats and the President are the only players that care if the dept ceiling is raised or not and the Republicans and their constituents simply do not, either because they are stupid, hate Americans, or are so blinded by an appalling desire to make the President look bad..... by the way , if the latter is what is wanted .. it is not working. The best bet now, is that the President will look like Superman – sweeping in to save the day – when he uses the 14 Amendment to prevent a default.

    July 29, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. one voice

    He "woke up happy" because he received his MILLION DOLLAR ENVELOPE from his CORPORATE MASTERS to continue to kick the Average American's in the head? All these SO CALLED PATRIOTS need to go, PERIOD!!!

    July 29, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. Russell Brown

    it remains tempting to think that the equality constraint must somehow explain
    how hurting the middle class is fair game
    the woriking poor are entitled to some miniumum amount of freedom
    it is criminal for the rich to use there methods and withdraw
    from american at a time when they can afford to step up to the plate
    and win one for morality .
    you know Jesus is waiting for the Rich
    Jesus Loves You Very Much
    please pray that Jesus Guides your heart
    G-D bless you .
    Jesus will stepin and fix the issue .

    July 29, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. Russell Brown

    sorry working

    July 29, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs have lost their minds!

    He may be happy, but that BBA stuff is never gonna fly. I think he's still asleep and dreaming.

    July 29, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Roscoe

    Has got to be a big embarrassment to Boehner. I don't think he can survive this and continue to be speaker. He has not influence with the tea party and they control him. If ever there's a time to tear up, John, this is it.

    July 29, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. Paul Meredith

    The political spin placed on the Cut, Cap & Balance debate in the US House and Senate displays an incredible indifference to the wishes of the American people by Democratic members of congress and the President. I have watched the debates and I know who is lying and I will remember it come election day. The deliberate misinformation, incompetence and corruption of the president and members of the Senate is tantamount to a seditious misrepresentation of the FISCAL FACTS and they should be tried for TREASON. This is bold faced corruption of the ideals of the American Constitution and a ripoff of the American people.

    July 29, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. Deanna Smith

    I have heard that WWII would not have been won if there had been a balanced budget amendment in place at the time. Is this true?

    July 29, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    He thinks a "bi-partisan bill" is one that includes teabaggers and republicans.

    ha haha - zippity-doo-duh - again

    July 29, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    I thought they loved the constitution - why do they want to change it?

    How about a "balanced budget amendment" in exchange for a "ban on guns amendment"?

    July 29, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Gee

    I am so happy that he woke up happy! Now Sir, It's time to stop the endless party politics. Take your mouth off the tea party tit and FIX THE DAMN BUDGET MESS.

    July 29, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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