September 30th, 2013
09:41 AM ET
9 years ago

GOP Rep: Shutdown ‘the last thing we need’

(CNN) – Hours before the midnight deadline, Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, remained confident that the federal government would not shut down.

"That's the last thing we need," said the chair of the Republican Women's Policy Committee in an interview on CNN's "New Day." But Republican priorities extend beyond that, added Ellmers.

"I don't want to give the government check book to Barack Obama," Ellmers told CNN's Chris Cuomo, arguing that the president would "be able to pick and choose what he wants to continue to fund."

Ellmers was on CNN's "New Day" along with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the chair of the Democratic National Committee. The two were cordial if diametric in their approach to the shutdown, both intent to avoid a shutdown while Ellmers wanted to delay Obamacare and Wasserman Schultz advocated for a "clean" government funding bill that would not touch the Affordable Care Act.

Wasserman Schultz put the onus of funding the government on Republican leadership that should pass a funding resolution "without any extraneous, already settled matters," she said.

"Then, as Obamacare is implemented, when there are problems that we know will inevitably arise, nothing goes perfectly smoothly, we need to sit down and work together and hammer out those problems together," Wasserman Schutlz said.

Ellmers argued that the healthcare exchanges of Obamacare are not ready, despite being scheduled to go live midnight Monday, the same deadline Congress has to pass the funding bill. "We know that the American people are not going to get what they were promised," she said.

Ellmers declined to speculate on what might happen when the House of Representatives gets a bill back from the Senate Monday that is sure to have stripped out the one-year delay of Obamacare and the repeal of the bill's medical device tax that the GOP-controlled House passed early Sunday morning.

The funding bill can be passed, Wasserman Schultz said, if the House uses a majority, not of Republicans, but of the entire chamber, relying largely on Democrat votes to pass a "clean" bill that leaves Obamacare alone.

"We could get 218 votes if a bill comes on the House floor today, in a minute," Wasserman Schultz said.

soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    ""I don't want to give the government check book to Barack Obama," Ellmers told CNN's Chris Cuomo, arguing that the president would "be able to pick and choose what he wants to continue to fund."

    Well, do your job then and pass a clean continuing resolution. If you won't do your job, someone else will.

    The time for negotiations is during the appropriations process. The time for overturning policies is on Election Day. Taking the full faith and credit of the United States hostage in order to overturn an election is nothing less than a act of war.

    September 30, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. Wake up People!

    I don't see how any woman with an iota of self respect could even be associated with the GOP American Taliban. They have zero respect for women and feel all women should be June Cleaver. Women shouldn't ask questions or think for themselves and let the men handle everything. That's a scary feeling to me especially since most studies show women are more intelligent than men.

    The GOP woman....... Cook, clean, have dinner ready for hubby after work, welcome him home with a drink and slippers in hand. And always be in full makeup, even at the crack of dawn.


    September 30, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    "Then, as Obamacare is implemented, when there are problems that we know will inevitably arise, nothing goes perfectly smoothly, we need to sit down and work together and hammer out those problems together," Wasserman Schutlz said.
    This is the reasonable approach. But there is no reasoning with these republicans. They keep playing these stupid political games as if we don't know what their true intentions are. They had 40 + votes to REPEAL the ACA. Then they went to DEFUND. Now they're saying DELAY. All they want to do is abolish the law without even mentioning what they will replace it with. I agree with Sen. McCain for once on one thing: Elections have consequences.

    September 30, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. Evergreen

    But Ellmers does not mind putting women's healthcare decisions in the hands of their employers. GOP has lost all credibility. Cruz's read of Green Eggs and Ham provided insight into GOP thinking. Just change the words green eggs & ham for Obamacare.

    September 30, 2013 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    You do not negotiate with terrorists, especially politcal terrorists. Tea Party Republicans are acting like typical right wingers, who always seem to think that they can talk people over to their way of thinking.... ... and when they fail to do so, it was because people were not listening, or just simply didn't fully understand the message.

    Their narcissistic arrogance turns my stomach. They canniot understand the problem because the problem itself prvents them from conceptualizing it, much less seeing and comprehending it.

    September 30, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Come now, GOP. Who you trying to pull the blanket over? Y'all been promising a shut down for months. Cruz bloviated for 21 hours by captivating a media he has wrapped around that little pinky of his. Don't let him down, hear? The word out on the street is out Cruz doesn't play well with adults.

    September 30, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Bessy

    We, the people, do not deal with terrorists so shut it all down.

    September 30, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Marie Couture

    I used to be a Republican.What the Republicans are doing to this country is a crime. Their arrogance and ties to big business are destroying our country. They want to shut down the government , so what else is new? They do not realize what the average citizen is going through because of a lack of health care. I could not get health care when I retired. The state helped my buy a policy from one of the big companies that denied me. I paid $400.00 a month with a $2,600.00 deductible and paid $150.00 a month for medicine and I could not even afford to go to the doctors. The healthcare companies made a lot of money on these expensive policies. Most people do not want to bankrupt themselves or their families, so they buy these policies and cannot afford to go to the doctors, and they are considered to have healthcare. You cannot expect that we the citizen think that Congress cares about us. They enacted a law that says if we go and protest at the capital we could be arrested and charged with a felony.. (Which means we could not vote!) How ironic from a country that says we are free...

    September 30, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Please pardon my typos etc. I am just so angry and hurt behind what is happening today to our country.
    I have fellow co-workers kidding about traffic being "light" tomorrow.
    They and so many others just don't get it.
    This is no joke America. This is not a Clinton era shut down. They didn't hate Clinton. They hate THIS President though.
    Stand firm Mr. President.
    Stand strong.
    We stand with you.

    September 30, 2013 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  10. wilson

    A key component of conversion to a Socialist economy stressed by Marx (chapter two, Communist Manifesto) and reinforced by Alinski (Obama's prototype) is "Progressive income taxes." Obama pretends to have a Melville-like obsession with raising taxes on “the rich” even though the top 1 percent of earners already pays 39 percent of the total income tax. However, relative to the wealth possessed by the Middle Class the rich are not even a drop in the bucket. Obama's true goal is to move wealth away from the Middle Class. Obamacare constitutes a multi-trillion dollar tax on the Middle Class. "Carbon Tax" for the phony AGW scam constitutes a multi trillion dollar tax on the Middle Class.

    September 30, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  11. rs

    If shutting down the government truly is "the last thing we need", why do you keep threatening the nation with it? Grow up. If shutting down the government isn't a good idea- DON'T DO IT!

    September 30, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  12. Searcher

    The Republicans are reacting like a CHILD that has lost his marbles on the playground and they are trying to steal the other kid's lunches in order to make up for their loss. It is a SAD THING!

    September 30, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. rs

    "I don't want to give the government check book to Barack Obama," Ellmers told CNN's Chris Cuomo, arguing that the president would "be able to pick and choose what he wants to continue to fund."
    Irony here. Of course IF the House did anything but pass anti-abortion legislation and say, did their jobs and passed a workable budget for the United States, they wouldn't be putting the nation or the President in that position.

    Also, please note the good honorable Represetative would have you overlook that to "be able to pick and choose what [they] want to continue to fund" is precisely what the GOP is attempting to do by holding the nation hostage to their irrational defund the ACA suicide mission. The GOP is STILL playing games.

    Perhaps the glimpse of her own political mortality is what motivated her first comment.

    September 30, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. JT

    Obamacare was passed by congress, senate, and signed by the president in to law
    Supreme Court upheld Obamacare
    American People re-elected President Obama in 2012, by a majority vote
    The republicans are in the minority and they can deal with that
    Republican only follow the law and the American people when it suits them!

    September 30, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    The waste has to stop..........and it will not, unless responsible people in Congress, demand it.

    September 30, 2013 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  16. jinx9to88

    GOP should not tie concession they want to the bill. It has never been done in the previous admin. it shouldnt be done now. The GOP is a joke and I agree blame will be on them if it shuts down.

    September 30, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Bruce

    In the meantime, No active duty military or retired military personnel or disabled vets got paid today. The money is usually in our bank accounts a day early. Waiting to see...

    September 30, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ...And yeah, shut the mother down. It is the ONLY way to deal with these economic, poltical terrorists aka Republicans.

    September 30, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |

    The Affortable Care Act is the law, not a bill up for debate. The debate is over. Everytime a nation grows into a power change based on demographics, gridlock is the bridge to the transition. Republicants in the house are sent there to cause as much disagreement, gridlock and constipation as possible. This is what their aging, dying constituents want to see them do; Not withstanding the fact that, in less than 10 years 50% of those dying constiuents will be dead. All of their grandstanding, blocking, gridlocking, crisis making, will all have been in vain as the GOP follows their constiuents. Change is here, in your face GOP, try stopping the may be easier. Sorry. You Lose.

    September 30, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Burt

    I don't know what's scarier, a political party that is willing to shut down a nations government because the elected leader is trying to provide every citizen with affordable health care...OR...the fact that that political party has convinced it's minions that affordable health care is a BAD thing! ????????? Remember when everyone used to believe that the health insurance companies were a bunch of crooks? Now you're defending the industry...unbelieveable!

    September 30, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. Woman In California

    Dominican Mama has basically said everything I am thinking as I am sit here on this train. Destroy the country, just to destroy this president because you can't whip him into place anymore. It's disgraceful and I hope they pay for it.

    September 30, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  22. Anonymous

    Boehner brought this by himself by consistently kicking the economic can down the road, hoping against hope that Mitt Romney would take the White House and Boehner would get 100% of what he wanted. As usual, Boehner will now spend the next few days whining that the dems aren't working with him. Lack of foresight and intuition has always been a Republican downfall. Pass a clean resolution bill, which the dems are in favor of, and stop kicking the damn can down the road to hell. America can't afford 3 more years of Republican obstruction.

    September 30, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican propoganda blaming President Obama will not fly. American voters will punish Republicans in the 2014 mid-term elections and presidential election in 2016. The rebranding of the Republican Party is a total failure. The Republican national brand is heading towards oblivion thanks to the Tea Party.

    September 30, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |