September 28th, 2013
02:14 PM ET
10 years ago

GOP leadership: House to vote on continuing resolution Saturday

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A government shutdown looked increasingly likely on Saturday as Republican leaders said the House would vote on two potentially deal-killing amendments to the stopgap spending bill the Senate passed Friday.

"The American people don't want a government shutdown and they don't want Obamacare," House Republican leaders said in statement.

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In a joint statement by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-California, and Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, the top Republican lawmakers in the lower chamber confirmed that there will be a vote later in the day on delaying the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature health care law for a year and repealing a tax on medical devices.

"We will do our job and send this bill over," the statement said, "and then it's up to the Senate to pass it and stop a government shutdown."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, has already said that both provisions would be dead on arrival in the Senate and White House press secretary Jay Carney has held firm that his boss would not sign such a bill were it to somehow make its way to the president's desk.

Despite the bill's dim prospects in the Senate, a source inside the House Republican caucus meeting said members responded to the leadership's announcement with cheers. McCarthy quickly channeled the group's enthusiasm, telling members, "This will be the fastest whip check ever." The House Republican whip then asked those in favor of the leadership's plans to raise their hand. According to a Republican aide, all those in the room did.

The widespread presumption anything out of the House with amendments would meet certain defeat in the Senate enraged one Republican. Asked by a reporter if his caucus would pursue a "clean" stopgap spending measure "when this fails," Rep. Darrell Issa of California delivered a verbal tongue-lashing to the offending scribe.

"How dare you presume a failure? How dare you," Issa said, raising his voice, before repeating each line once more.

soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Charles Jackson

    This is not rational behavior on the part of people who would go to the wall for the right to life. They should be arguing in favor of a right to health care sufficient to sustain life. It's like a car dealer who insists that you buy a car, but refuses to sell you an extended warranty.

    September 28, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Everything Darrell Issa is connected with ends up being a costly disaster by this fanatic!

    September 28, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. Thomas

    Darrell Issa wants to be the next House Speaker , or maybe President .

    I can see it now ,
    Rick Perry / Darrell Issa / 2016

    September 29, 2013 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  4. @RI_Roger (Follow me on Twitter)

    The Democrat Politicians and the media are the ones pushing for the shutdown in hopes of shoring up 2014 elections. Independent thinking Americans want our country back for the people who's policies over the past 5 years have kept us stuck in this ditch. They asked for the keys and they don't know how to drive. How much longer do we need to keep giving the little wealth we had to the lazy and undeserving.

    September 29, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |
  5. Newspaper boy

    Dare is not the verb to use. Predict is. Why? Its in the nunbers stupid. Count the votes. And failure is not the adjective. Succesfully defeated is the correct adverb. Coint the numbers.

    September 29, 2013 06:19 am at 6:19 am |

    I just read that passing a spending bill with a clause to cut congressional staff pay(Vitter admendment) will be the cave in move for the Guns Over People tea potty.

    September 29, 2013 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  7. What's in that tea anyway?


    It baffles me utterly why the Democrats seem to be determined to bankrupt this country
    it baffles how really dense you are....the bankrupting of this country happened on the watch of the previous administration...did you just wake up from a comitose state ? Please take your meds.

    September 29, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  8. Thomas

    It baffles me utterly why the Democrats seem to be determined to bankrupt this country.

    Could you tell me how much the Iraq war cost ?

    September 29, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  9. Marie

    They need to shutdown the paychecks for all government officials. They are a joke. The Republicans should be booted out of town.

    September 30, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
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