No compromise in sight to end shutdown
October 6th, 2013
11:29 AM ET
7 years ago

No compromise in sight to end shutdown

(CNN) – Moderate Republican Rep. Peter King said Sunday there’s “no way” enough House Republicans will side with Democrats on passing a “clean” continuing resolution to fund the government and end the shutdown crisis. A "clean" resolution would be one that has no language that makes changes to Obamacare.

The idea came up Saturday, when House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi announced that 195 House Democrats signed their names to a letter saying they’ll support a resolution in line with a budget that has received support from some House Republicans.
If House Speaker John Boehner put the resolution to a vote, Democrats would need about two dozen more votes from Republicans to reach a two-thirds majority.

But King said that strategy just isn’t going to fly.

“It's not going to go anywhere because the Democrats are not bargaining in good faith. There's no way in the world you're going to get 25 Republicans to go on that,” King said on “Fox News Sunday.”

King initially did try to form a small coalition of moderate Republicans to side with Democrats and avoid a government shutdown, but he wasn’t able to garner enough members.

The biggest problem, King said, is not just that the government is shut down, but that Republicans haven’t had a strategy for bringing about positive results following the funding lapse.

"You don't take the dramatic step of shutting down the government unless you have a real strategy and it has a chance of working. It’s never had a chance of working," King said.

As the shutdown drags into a sixth day, and the nation creeps ever closer to an October 17 debt ceiling deadline, there’s no sign of Democrats and Republicans coming to any sort of agreement on either matter.

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  1. Winston Smith

    You can not reason, with the unreasonable. But the fault for this can be laid at the feet of the voters, especially those voters with a real or imagined ax to grind with the more enlightened among us. They are without question the reason we've been subjected to the stupidity of the last week or so in our government.

    October 6, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Phyllis Gwendoline Williams

    The answer is in (James 1: 5-6). 'Ask God, in Faith'. This has solved my problems hundreds of times,up to last week –

    October 6, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  3. rs

    Actually the funniest thing here is King being called "a moderate". It really shows just how far and fast the GOP went crazy Right. The really sad thing is, they're not slowing down, and their lunacy grows.

    It may have to come down to arresting these lunatics for the good of the nation.

    October 6, 2013 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  4. AFE

    I just have a question: I am very angry trying to fiqure out how I'm gonna take care of my family and pay our bills....My question is for both parties. You are suppose to work for us and make this roller coaster ride called life alittle easier on our stomachs. My question is...Do you care more about your careers then the ppl who put you in office? Is a child's full stomach mean that little to you? Or is it your next campaign speech? Does it matter to you that most if not all 800000 unpaid fed workers don't know how they are gonna pay their bills or put food on the table as long as they got your good side on the front page of the New Yorker? STOP HURTING THE PPL YOU CLAIM YOU ARE PROTECTING!!! END THE SHUTDOWN! How can you even sleep at night or look at yourselves in the mirror knowing ppl are hurting? I pray by the time this is over and the dust settles and you have figured out whose actually one! That it won't be all for naught! That we all don't pay for your choices or lack there of...

    October 6, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. boungiorno

    i see the people you elected can't come to any conclusions What is really necessary for all of us is to understand with GOD all things are possible if you just have faith PUT ON THE ARMOR OF GOD AND MAKE A DECISION ON FAITH

    October 6, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    This is what happens when only 37 percent of registered voters in 2010 vote. All elections matter. Wake up people and vote im 2014.

    You are correct Sir. WE BROUGHT THIS ON OURSELVES! "Maybe Dancing with the Stars" or "Jersey Shore" were on that night?

    October 6, 2013 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  7. JeffreyRO5

    Negotiate? What's to negotiate? If you want someone to negotiate, you have to have something they want, just as they have something you want. What does Boehner have that Obama/the Democrats want? We know what they have that he wants: changes to ObamaCare. So what does Boehner have the Obama wants? Free passes to a tanning salon?

    October 6, 2013 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. tim.mckee

    in england judges and lawyers must wear powdered wigs and black robes. in this country we should require our legeslatures to wear clown makeup, costumes, and a cracked pot on top of their stupid heads.

    October 7, 2013 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  9. AmericaFirst

    It's time for the grand bargain again. Half revenue, half spending. Watch these tea slags run for cover. Not ten cents from a billionaire – not a penny.

    October 7, 2013 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  10. Name Uche Agonsi

    Then what are these guys doing in Congress everyday........just making noises in various tunes telling Americans that everyone should expect death. They should all pack their loads and troubles and leave the Congress until they are ready to pass the bills. The only work at Capitol Hil is pass a clean CR and approving the Debt Bill. Without these two, these Congressmen/women should leave the Congress, failure, Americans should at least muster the courage to throw them out of the tax payers property.

    October 7, 2013 06:30 am at 6:30 am |
  11. leah

    The Republican Party is dying at their own hands.

    October 7, 2013 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
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