GOP Rep.: ‘We’ve actually found some common ground this week’
October 12th, 2013
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GOP Rep.: ‘We’ve actually found some common ground this week’

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party’s weekly address didn’t say a single negative thing Saturday about President Barack Obama or the Democratic Party. Not one.

Rather, Rep. Buck McKeon, R-California, struck a positive tone that focused on all the work that remains to be done, by everyone.

“For all the focus on disagreements in Washington, we’ve actually found some common ground this week,” McKeon said in the address, speaking of Obama’s signing of legislation guaranteeing death benefits for the families of fallen American service members, as well as a bill guaranteeing pay for the military.

“We shouldn’t stop there,” the Armed Services Committee chairman said. He went on to speak of the piecemeal funding bills passed by the Republican-majority House of Representatives but rejected by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

“President Obama and Senate Democrats should back these bills immediately.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has rejected the measures, saying the entire government should be funded rather than only parts.

Still, McKeon declined to go on the attack.

“Then the President should work with us on plans to reopen the entire government and make sure we do not default on our debts,” he said.

The mild, nonconfrontational language is miles away from the explosive language leveled at the President by the likes of House Speaker John Boehner, who has hammered Obama again and again for refusing to negotiate over the government shutdown or the debt ceiling.

“Sitting down and resolving our differences is exactly what Americans expect their leaders to do, especially at times like this,” McKeon said.

Democrats have argued that they will happily negotiate, but only after the entire government is funded and the threat of the government defaulting on its debt obligation is no longer hanging in the air.

Even on the favorite target of Republicans, Obamacare, McKeon called not for defunding or dismantling but simply “fairness.” One of the GOP’s latest moves on the Affordable Care Act has been to argue that the individual mandate requiring most Americans to have health insurance be delayed for one year. Democrats say a delay makes the law economically unfeasible.

The negotiations are “about making sure there’s fairness for everyone under the president’s health care law – so that hardworking people like you get the same relief big businesses have received,” McKeon said.

McKeon also called for dealing with the nation’s debt and spending.

“The longer we go on settling for maybe-next-time, for this notion that putting things off until after the next election is OK, the harder this will get.”

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    Too little too late. We have found that Obamacare is 4 times more popular than congress, so we need to defund and repeal the GOP. It is hard for the republicans to blame Obama for the shutdown, when members of their crazy party are taking credit for the shut downmarket and the upcoming default.

    October 12, 2013 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  2. Tom

    I think the "common ground" that has been discovered lies in the polls which conclude this whole stunt has been a colossal failure for the Republican party. Republicans are just trying to extricate themselves from this mess at this point.

    October 12, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  3. What's in that tea anyway?

    What? The He11 no caucus is changing its tune? Do they now realize they lost the election, and are less popular then head lice? Can these genius actually read? I thought the Failin Palin and Raphel Cruz followers didn't read anything except Green eggs and Ham...Imagine that? The Stupid party as Bobby Jindahl said is stepping it up.

    October 12, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  4. don in albuquerque

    It is so sad to watch both parties now engaged in the destruction of this country. America, once a great empire is becoming a small one much like Great Britain did. Our government, like so many of the industries in this country is completely broken, and neither side show any real enthusiasm to fix it. I will be the first to admit that I would not know how to turn us around but two things would be a good start-1. Take the money (lobbyist, and corporate) out of government 2. Term Limits–It has become norm that if you enter congress middle class, you will leave rich. No more career politicians. Will these two things ever happen? Not on your life. They enjoy being the aristocracy. In the words of Mel Brooks-"It's good to be the king."

    October 12, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Common ground ? Both sides dislike Cruz?

    October 12, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. smith

    @Tampa timmy- Not sure where you pulled that stat from. Obama, dems, the gop, and the ACA have not been doing well in the polls as of late.

    October 12, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Thomas

    Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert

    Keep your powder dry and drink more moose juice !
    We Must Destroy America , To Save America !

    Sending more caribou jerky , we got your back , sincerely Sarah Palin .

    October 12, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    What planet, asteroid, moon or comet was the ground found on? It must not have been here where it's needed to be found, since according to the news the talks have broken down. Whenever any of our elected gangsters look into a mirror, there's no reflection. They are that evil.

    October 12, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Data Driven


    "Not sure where you pulled that stat from. Obama, dems, the gop, and the ACA have not been doing well in the polls as of late."

    True. But the GOP is doing far worse in aggregate polling. No one likes the GOP very much anymore.

    Oh, and Obamacare went UP, by 7%, according to NBC/Wall Street Journal. Despite the glitchy website, the more people see the Marketplaces, the more Obamacare as a whole improves in the public's mind.

    October 12, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. buongiorno

    whats coming isnt liberalism demacrat or republican its NWO now go back to what ever fairy land you were in

    October 12, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. Larry in Houston

    LOL – the only thing that I can think of is the fact that the bonehead would love to tell 'ol cruz where to go, and the dems is in favor of it . LOL –
    problem is : If the bonehead does that, he will look like he's caving, and he doesn't want to look weak.

    October 12, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  12. Badboy

    People are seeing sticker shock on the price of signing up; the Affordable? Care Act isn't as affordable as they thought.
    The OblameO admin wont even tell how many have signed up. Many young people can't get a job, but they can have unaffordable health care insurance. What a load of crap. Open some free govt run clinincs for the poor and homeless. If you went to most of the deadbeats and offered them money to buy heaqlth insurance, they would take the money to the liquor store or their drug dealer.

    October 12, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  13. Glenn

    YouTube Walter Vieth Total onslaught . Revolutions, Tyrants & Wars

    October 12, 2013 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  14. What's in that tea anyway?


    @Tampa timmy- Not sure where you pulled that stat from. Obama, dems, the gop, and the ACA have not been doing well in the polls as of late.

    Hey Smit-ster, the ACA is more popular the GOP/Tea Bagger circus. Those aren't facts to be disputed. In fact athlete's foot is beating the GOP/Tea Trolls by a wide margin. So stop watching faux and fools letting the whole world pass you by.

    October 13, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |