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. Smeagel4T

    We'd be a whole lot better off if the GOP could just focus on the GOP's dysfunctional fiscal policies. We could easily enjoy $1.54 billion in savings in the food stamp program if just Walmart were to pay their employees commensurate with the worker productivity gains over the last 45 years.

    September 30, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. simplefaith

    Well it is about time the moderate Republicans rise up against the Tea Baggers. It is insane what is going on. Mr. Speaker of the House, it is time to relieve him from duty.

    September 30, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  3. Anton Dubinski

    Finally, someone with balls to stand up against the tyranny of the vocal minority.

    September 30, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. qwqw

    Good, now we just need moderate democrats to accept heavy cuts in spending.

    September 30, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. dbarak


    My member is a Democrat too, although the rest of my body is registered as an independent...

    September 30, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. sly

    I just saw the movie 'Lincoln', and the House Tea Party of today are those Congressmen that voted againest the 13th amendment, since they wanted slavery to continue.

    Very little has changed among the southern racist John Birch, KKK sorts ... they've simply rebranded as Tea Billies.

    September 30, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. ferraro

    i just don't get it. how much a few idiots (including cruz, etc) are controlling the house?

    September 30, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Freddo

    Peter King a moderate? There went all of your credibility, right there.

    September 30, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    This is as much of an admission as we're likely to get that the GOP/Teatrolls know they're at fault for the shutdown, but at least there's a few of them who are sane enough to recognize it.

    September 30, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. samuel

    how can we be talking about democracy around the world if our government is not even open

    September 30, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. dustonian

    Thank god, some of them still have some iota of sense left in their skulls.

    September 30, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. morris diehl

    I didn't know there where moderate republicans, something new everyday. John Bonehead is probably the most gutless speaker since Pelosi. I think everyone who can think for themselves would agree its time to defund all programs that help the neocon cowards of the republic klan party.

    September 30, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  13. Mike

    @ will f. Traitors? Anarchists? Could you please explain in a logical way how these Republicans are "conservative traitors"? What exactly are they betraying? I see them as defending American's rights to find their own healthcare and attempting to stop government overreach into the private sector all while cutting spending. How does this make them traitors? Curious to hear your view on this...

    September 30, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  14. Jody

    So basically these American first Republicans second moderates are realizing that a government shutdown due to a vendetta is wrong. Good on them

    September 30, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  15. mpg

    I love it! Goodbye Tea Party!!

    September 30, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  16. Bob Barker

    Wait so there are Republicans with brains AND balls??

    September 30, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  17. ug

    That is what the libs want you to think if you are a low informed voter like all libs are...

    September 30, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  18. DR

    Actually, it is the Democrats that are acting like a bunch of spoiled brats. The Republicans have now offered the second bill, watered down from the first, to eliminate the tax increase on medical devices and to delay (not defund, not repeal for those of you who don't know what the word "delay" means) Obamacare for a year; a plan that nobody understands and that we passed to find out what was in it and most of us still don't know. The Democrats offer nothing but "no". No alternatives no negotiation, nada. The President would rather talk to the Iranian terrorists that Congress. What a leader he is! The Democrats are the party of know and are completely responsible for the shutdown. But they know that NBC and CNN will blame the Republicans, so they are OK with it.

    September 30, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  19. Name

    These moderates need to be personally destroyed!

    September 30, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. The Dead Critic

    A 2 party system made up of elitists and narcissists trying to run a country being led by a man who couldn't unite 2 cups of water. Pathetic. want REAL CHANGE? VOTE the 2 PARTY system OUT OF OFFICE! Otherwise DON'T COMPLAIN when you continuously vote into office this garbage year after year after year....TYPICAL republican and democratic leadership FAILURE!

    September 30, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  21. babs

    From Will F (Above) "Traitors, anarchists, nAmerican, how do you describe these conservative traitors; they wan to destroy the country and the planet; idots."
    Really? Traitors and anarchists? Unamerican? for not wanted to shut the Government down? People seem to like talking about shutting down parks not being a big deal (Except for the people who work for parks and the families that need those paychecks) but you NEVER want to talk about Military families and Veterans. Sad.

    September 30, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  22. MJW

    I am praying that these moderate republicans will prevail. If they can they will get the respect of a national audience and the weeper/weakling Boehner will be pushed aside. He is a weakling , being lead by the crepe Eric Cantor who is seeking every opportunity to take his place. Boehner is weak and no one would cry he he goes home.

    September 30, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  23. Jack

    Good! "Nolabels" unite and let's get something done!

    September 30, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    "So...basically...rather than stand by what they believe, they are just going to give in to avoid the Weak human beings."

    Perhaps what they believe is that the ACA is flawed etc. but that funding of the gov't (and the debt ceiling) are not the proper vehicles for responsibly attempting to repeal, revise or replace it, and that it's not appropriate to play anarchist temper tantrum hostage games with the funding of the government (or the nation's "full faith and credit") as a means of threatening everyone into giving them what they want.

    September 30, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    I applaud them BUT it will never work. Too many of them are simply worrying about their cushy jobs, awesome vacation time, Platinum health care for life, for doing absolutely NOTHING.

    And too many of them HATE President Obama.

    Good luck gentleman, too bad you didn't step up before those wackos took over your once great party.

    September 30, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
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