September 30th, 2013
06:11 PM ET
9 years ago

Moderate House Republicans failed to line up votes for separate plan

Updated 7:30 p.m. ET 9/30/13

Washington (CNN) - Moderate House Republicans who wanted to fund the government with no strings attached failed to line up votes against a House GOP plan to renew federal coffers while chipping away at Obamacare.

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, and others feverishly made calls to stage what would have been effectively a revolt.

They said they were hoping there were enough GOP members like them who were fed up with the tactics of the leadership that they can find enough votes to defeat the first procedural measure, known as the rule.

That would have prevented the House GOP leadership from even bringing their plan up at all. Because the moderate Republicans failed to generate enough support, the broader GOP bill that includes anti-Obamacare provisions will now go to a final vote.

Given the makeup of the GOP caucus, the House Republican moderates needed 17 Republicans to agree to defy their leadership, and be willing to face what will undoubtedly be the wrath of the conservative grassroots.

"We have people in the conference, I believe, who'd be just as happy to have the government shutdown," King said. "They live in these narrow echochambers. They listen to themselves and their tea party friends. That keeps them going, forgetting that the rest of the country thinks we're crazy."

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soundoff (378 Responses)
  1. Name

    This is embarrasing for American people. .....Why??? Greed, hate. SAD DAY !!!!! NEVER REPUBLICAN RUIN AMERICA WITH SELFISH GAMES!!!!

    October 1, 2013 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  2. Kelly deal

    I wasn't referring to the tea party patriots moving to Canada only to the weak reps who said they were ashamed of them. I mean really what terrible things have they done? Did they re write law . Not enforce law . Break any law? Tell me what have they done?? Obama has changed laws , directed laws to not be enforced. You people are drinking the koi laid .

    October 1, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  3. Lenny Pincus

    The Republican moderates are scared of the TP. Luckily the Dems are not.

    October 1, 2013 01:08 am at 1:08 am |
  4. Thomas

    @Kelly deal
    You will get your healthcare. And to get you will have a biometric healthcare card with a chip in your hand. Listen to Biden in senate hearing 2003 that you will have this within 10 years . Read the bible . Mark of the beast . You will get ur healthcare and ur mark. Hope your happy you democrats. I will not take the mark of the beast . I will evade the irs fines

    Maybe if you rap your head in tinfoil the aliens won't steal your thoughts ?

    Kelly , your the perfect example of the need for background checks to own a ray gun !

    Ted Cruz , Sarah Palin 2016
    Keep your powder dry and eat Caribou jerky

    October 1, 2013 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  5. Donna

    All Americans MUST protest the sloppy selfish job that our elected officials have done. We elected you to look out for the best interest of our country instead you went to Washington and acted like a bunch of spoiled rich brats. If the American people allow you to stay in office, after cutting our pay and killing our economy while you continue to get paid along with salary increases and bonus; 'then they get what they have coming to them.. America Stand up, speak up and protest. How much bending over will my fellow Americans allow?. You have a voice use it by writing your congressman and letting him know the grade you plan to publish on his/her report card, out loud and ensure since they cut our pay we will cut theirs. Stop being wimps America crash their phone lines and email contact addresses. Are we not the land of the Brave? We are a laughing stock of the world right now.
    HELLO are you out there?

    October 1, 2013 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  6. Sandy

    Thank you Tea Party for making us look stupid throughout the world. Your position of no compromise is the reason for this insanity. You can't always have it your way...this ain't Burger King. It's a country with people of various opinions & philosophies. Not everyone thinks the same thing. Therefore, we need to make compromises/sacrifices for the greater good. If you don't believe that, go find yourselves another place to live. La-La land is the only place you'll find everyone who agrees!

    October 1, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  7. JV

    I appreciate the attempt, I really do.

    October 1, 2013 01:35 am at 1:35 am |
  8. flarb

    Good. Scru Ried, and all the Social Program humpin' Democrats. My effective tax rate is 40%, in CA. Plus another 8.5% on every thing I purchase. My premiums started increasing 3 years ago when the law was first passed. The first act was to remove tax-breaks for corporations that offer plans to their employees, the corporations didn't take a hit, the employees did!

    And every Democrat is trying to raise the minimum wage in order to compensate for the reduction in work hours directly related to the ACA? In effect, they're saying they want you to make more money for less work. That is inflationary.

    October 1, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  9. Donna

    Really Thomas, The Health Care Bill is already law, as soon as he the reps get into office they'll; repeal the bill any way. Is this some slick way of pulling more money from the middle class to pay for the next war? Now that's a thought and I assure you my head is not wrapped in foil.

    October 1, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  10. Liz Clarke

    Well....let's see. Last time, the "patriots" took the world to the brink of economic disaster over the debt ceiling, and will likely do it again. They have made Congress look like a travelling tent show, reduced your once great nation to a cocktail party joke, and generally have no clue about the consequences of their antics. I don't know if you consider that terrible, but at the very least, it's most unflattering. What I truly cannot figure is why your country has lowered the bar to the point where it holds gasbags in esteem. You're better than that, and it saddens me to see what you've settled for.

    October 1, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  11. Bill

    Thank you Tea Party for all your nonsence. Now future President Clinton and the First Man will have a Democratic House and Senate to work with.

    October 1, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  12. Donna

    America, we"ve managed to leave Super Power and landed in Silly Hour. Great job Washington!
    Please pray for our country.

    October 1, 2013 01:46 am at 1:46 am |
  13. flarb

    Oh. The Democrats are doing such a terrific job. Pat yourself on the back. The ACA is so wonderful, that they [Congress] didn't want to sign themselves up for Obama-Care.

    October 1, 2013 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  14. flarb

    Hey Donna, God forbid that they should try and demonstrate some spending restraint. The "World is Over" argument didn't materialize when the Sequester hit, I think America will be just fine. And just maybe, we won't turn into Greece.

    October 1, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  15. Donna

    So it ! is true, we've elected a barrel of clowns. Willing to throw the whole economy in the toilet because they can't have the ball. What a bunch of losers, Let's cut their pay and pass into law that they stay in a room without pay or media coverage until the white smoke comes out of the chimney. Then watch how fast hey agree.

    October 1, 2013 01:53 am at 1:53 am |
  16. Donna

    Stop blaming the parties Flarb and blame yourself for not protesting and raising hell! For the people by the people.

    October 1, 2013 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  17. flarb

    You forgot the last phrase "with Other People's Money"

    October 1, 2013 02:01 am at 2:01 am |
  18. Aud

    The words "Republican" and "failed" – seeing those words used together more often than not. Get your act together GOP! What the hell happened to you all?!

    October 1, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  19. Denis

    The Republican party is literally out of control. It needs a time – out to decide how to minimise the damage that it will suffer next year. Last time it bungled and caused a government shut down it was punished by a further 6% swing to Clinton; this time the voters could be even more angry, and 2014 could well be the last time that the Republicans play any significant role in federal politics. They have clearly misjudged the mood of the people.

    October 1, 2013 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  20. miitz

    I was a registered Republican for years. I changed my registration in 2008 because of the republican party went too far to the right. Until 2008 I never voted a straight ticket. I voted for the person. The G(rumpyO(ld)P(isspots )) are doing a good job of destroying themselves. Let's go back to Ronnie and Tipp and civil compromise.
    Those of you who abhor the Affordable Care Act should read ALL of the law not just the parts that you think supports your narrow minded opinion.

    October 1, 2013 03:24 am at 3:24 am |
  21. Frederic H Young

    So the politicians get paid plus their perks while federal employees and contractors go hungry and without. It's time for term limits to control the amount they can steal from the public treasury.

    October 1, 2013 03:43 am at 3:43 am |
  22. tucson_az

    stup1d gop. Am a registered Republican, these idi0ts helped me to leave the party today.

    stupid mor0ns.

    October 1, 2013 03:49 am at 3:49 am |
  23. aCriticalEye

    The Party of No, Has got to Go!
    How I hate the tea party and the republicans, let the civil war begin.

    October 1, 2013 04:12 am at 4:12 am |
  24. Sane Person

    Republicans are making a serious strategic blunder. This will not help them in the coming elections. The ACA has ALREADY PASSED, it is already law. It was upheld by SCOTUS after being ridiculously challenged by our tea party lunatics. Its funding is already mandated, and it will continue as planned. The only thing you are stopping with this latest fiasco is the rest of government.

    October 1, 2013 04:45 am at 4:45 am |
  25. Steve

    All Obama has to do is use his Executive Authority to delay mandatory implementation of the individual mandate. In the meantime, if people want to sign up for Obamacare, let them test the system and sign up.

    Why can't our intellectual lefists figure this one out?

    October 1, 2013 05:27 am at 5:27 am |
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