Republicans defend bundled debt-ceiling package in weekly address
September 28th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Republicans defend bundled debt-ceiling package in weekly address

Washington (CNN) – The Republicans' latest weekly address makes no mention of the government funding bill whose passage they spent recent weeks tying to an effort to defund Obamacare. Instead, the focus is now on the debt limit.

In Saturday's address, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the GOP conference chairwoman, calls the debt limit debate “a golden opportunity to fix the problems coming out of Washington."

According to Rodgers, Americans overwhelmingly want the bill that would authorize the Treasury Department to raise its borrowing limit to come with “solutions that help solve our debt and grow our economy."

That means a host of GOP priorities like approving the Keystone XL pipeline, updating the tax code and delaying the Affordable Care Act.

Rogers was deeply critical of President Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate over the debt limit. Obama has said that raising the limit to ensure the country can pay for spending that Congress already authorized is Congress' responsibility.

The debt limit has been tied to efforts to alter spending before, Rogers said, arguing that presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and even Obama himself in 2011 negotiated over the debt limit. It was the 2011 debt limit deal that created the automatic budget cuts known as the sequester.

Obama “wants to take the easy way out,” Rodgers said, “exactly the kind of foolishness that got us here in the first place.”

“To reiterate, every major deficit reduction effort of the last 30 years has been tied to the debt limit. This time should be no different," she said.

Filed under: Cathy McMorris Rodgers • Congress • GOP
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. the hippies were right

    SO many gullible people will believe this liar. Every week a republican politician knowingly and purposely outright lies to all of us. These idiots have taken the time and money to try to overturn the ACA 41 times. 40 of those "sessions" could have been trying to pass a bill that could potentially fix our debt and improve our economy, without threats of more furloughs and cutbacks that affect hard working Americans, and do not affect multi million dollar corporations. They also have attached removing clean air regulations to this debt ceiling fight. You righties are being played by YOUR politicians! Wake up and obtain some real facts before it's too late!

    September 28, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    Since I am tired of lurching from one GOP induced "crisis" to the next, go ahead, shut down the government and default on our international debt.

    The wreckage will be great, but underneath all the rubble, will be the remains of the GOP.

    We can then begin to rebuild the nation, without the tea bagging domestic terrorists!

    September 28, 2013 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Liz the First

    There is no defense for what the republicans are trying to do to this country. they are traitors, pure and simple. in 2000, when their 'president' stole the election, we were told to 'get over it.' well, now that the Affordable Care Act has been passed by congress, legitimately, they need to get over it!!! this whole debacle is proof positive they hate Obama far more than they love this country. the party that spews 'support the troops' is going to give them IOUs???? really??????

    September 28, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  4. Norma Vessels

    Mrs Rodgers .. the debt ceiling used to be passed with a clean Bill, not burdened with everything else the Republicans want. You're just trying to cover up the fact that what's been going on the last five years with the debt ceiling, and the Republicans, have never been done before. I call it treason on the part of you Republicans, who are trying every way you can think of, to put blame and shame on our President. Well, he tried to work with you for the first four years .. now he's tired of your pranks and stalls. Pass the debt ceiling, and stop this foolishness!

    September 28, 2013 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. Joan

    It doesn't really matter how this turns out now, the Republicans have already done irreparable damage to their brand. John Boehner has shown that he really has no control over his caucus. The extreme right members are calling the shots. The public infighting in the party has shown how vulnerable it is. The "new leaders" like Cruz and Lee are sure making a name for themselves but perhaps not in the way that will help them and the party in the long term. Cruz might be able to win a Republican primary but has no chance of winning a national election. The Republicans overplayed their hand by tying the budget to Obamacare because that is one of the President's most important achievements. It would be like the Democrats tying it to universal, mandatory background checks and limiting assault weapons sales. No chance of either happening. In politics you need to pick your battles and this was a losing one from the start on many levels.

    September 28, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Marty, FL

    TGOP irresponsibly is already scheming for their next sabotage of our economy, instead of working together to pass clean bills.

    Shame on you Rodgers! Vote the tGOP OUT in 2014.

    September 28, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. Anonymous

    How stupid does she think we are? Standing in front of a sign that says "American jobs" is the epitome of gall.
    You had a "golden opportunity" to work with the President, but your party chose obstruction over reason,
    hate over solutions, and pettiness over envy. Sit down and be quiet if this is all you have to offer.

    September 28, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  8. Anonymous

    "Obama “wants to take the easy way out,” Rodgers said, “exactly the kind of foolishness that got us here in the first place.”

    I would argue that Obama wants to move this country forward by not being forced to spend every three
    months fighting against the likes of abortion, personhood, defund planned parenthood, defund Obamacare,
    and every other small interest lobbying group that is out to make a big buck off of a very few who haven't
    yet come to understand how the federal government is required to function for all Americans - not just
    malcontent of America who have become whipped up into a frenzy of lies and denial by both their
    Representatives and their media outlets.

    September 28, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. What's in that tea anyway?

    Rogers was deeply critical of President Barack Obama’s refusal to negotiate over the debt limit. Obama has said that raising the limit to ensure the country can pay for spending that Congress already authorized is Congress' responsibility


    The president said it best to these losers yesterday, " are not doing me a favor by doing your job GOP/TPer's" THE PRESIDENT DOES NOT CONTROL the purse strings...YOU DO Congresswoman and your insistence the president negotiate with you to do your job is the type of stupidity sane / thinking people are sick of. Its like me having to negotiate with my 12 year old teenager to clean their room...I'm not going to do it ! period, end of story. Congress authorized this spending, Pay the damn bills you idiots!

    September 28, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Again the GOTP out with baffle em', because they certainly cannot dazzle em'. The Canadians are even starting to protest the pipeline, after 40 and counting votes it is no longer a question of hanging tough or staypower, now it is just insanity, and ignorance on ending Obamacare. A friend of mine teaches in a grade school , and she asked her fifth grade class a few weeks ago "Why do we have government?" The answer clear and simple. It is there to serve the people. Guess the entire GOTP is not as smart as a fifth grader.

    September 28, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. Gary

    Obama “wants to take the easy way out,” Rodgers said,
    And the GOP wants the "Hard Way "
    It just amazes me that every Republican interviewd says the exact same thing, word for word. I wonder if the gather each morning to practice. You remember about 6 years ago it was " I don't know her, but she's great"? Word for word.

    September 28, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  12. Lenny

    She should just SHUT UP-–given all that federal aid $$$$ she and her family got for their farm.

    September 28, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. Tampa Tim

    After their next 5 week vacation, maybe the congressional republicans will try to eliminate women's rights, eliminate the ACA, and get rid of food stamps.

    September 28, 2013 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  14. the hippies were right

    Where are all the typical one line talking points from all you gullible Fox "spews" sheep? Still waiting for some facts or details, what do you think of what Your party has inserted along with raising the debt limit. Or on another similar topic, what do you think about YOUR party voting to cut back on costs for embassy and consulate security? Oh, you didn't hear that part on Fox did you? Of course not! IDIOTS

    September 28, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  15. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    PLEASE shut down the government. Please let government workers get laid off and military families go unpaid. PLEASE do this. Our country needs to remember that the GOP is the CANCER that is rotting inside us and needs to be surgically voted out.

    September 28, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Gurgyl

    She better shut up. GOP is idiotic.

    September 28, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Steve

    It's amazing that taking the American economy hostage is viewed as an "opportunity" by these people to extort concessions that cannot be won through elections. During my 63 years I have not seen such unpatriotic behavior by politicians.

    September 28, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. gary

    Just who would Obama negotiate with? The GOP can't even agree with themselves. Boehner can't pass his own legislation.

    September 28, 2013 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  19. Ron -IN

    The BIGGEST problem with the tactics the Republicans are using is it is in DIRECT OPPOSITION of what a Democracy stands for. They have every right to have their position, but to tie it to the United States of America paying its bills is frankly INSANE. The MINORITY does not get to control the MAJORITY. I have been critical of the President and often felt that he does a poor job explaining what he is attempting to accomplish but I KNOW one thing for a fact...HE WANTS TO HELP THE LESS FORTUNATE IN OUR SOCIETY. This is not a bad thing and I support the Affordable Care Act because we need to get hard working poor people out of the emergency rooms in hospitals!!
    MY advice to the President is plain and simple...HOLD FIRM...DO NOT NEGOTIATE AT ALL...This nation can not afford to have ANY PRESIDENT forced to settle budget disagreements outside the regular budget process!!! I KNEW this was going to happen this time because the President negotiated with them last time. They viewed this as a WEAKNESS and HE HAS to let them RUIN the credit rating of the Country to get them out of this bad habit. As a nation we decided not to negotiate with terrorist, the SAME PRINCIPLE applies here. If he negotiate this time, in 12 months this whole cycle will start up again, it is unhealthy for the world economy not just ours.

    September 28, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    It takes 2 to tango. One side says Yes, the other, No. However, we need to learn compromise, and blaming one side for not doing what the other wants, is insane, when you wouldnt do it yourselves. Lead by example, do your jobs, then profit.

    September 28, 2013 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Name

    What they really wanna fix?after two wars and tax cuts that got us in this mess today, if your car break down and you want to fix it,how will you pay money right to fix it so

    September 28, 2013 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. MaryM

    Once again the Republcians in the house want to take America hostage and blackmail Americans if their laundry list of demands are not met.
    Will Americans PLEASE vote these teapublicans OUT of office asap

    September 28, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Tony

    Why do Republicans think ruining the nation's credit and crashing the economy are a golden opportunity? Do they want to do what Al Qaeda wants, which is to destroy our economy and our way of life?

    September 28, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Rogers

    American people, lets vote all these Republicans out of office. We pay them to do nothing, but to only say no to everything American people need. Most Republicans are idiots who only care about them selves.

    September 28, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |

    Their Wall Street masters beg to differ. Count on that.

    September 28, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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