October 16th, 2013
05:46 PM ET
9 years ago

Boehner urges House GOP to support Senate deal

Washinton (CNN) - Senate leaders on Wednesday announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown and avoid a possible U.S. default, and House Speaker John Boehner urged fellow Republicans to support it while a key GOP conservative said he wouldn't try to block it in the Senate.

"We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station in his home state of Ohio in reference to GOP efforts to dismantle or defund President Barack Obama's signature health care reforms and extract deficit reduction concessions around the need to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit.


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  1. Gambi

    Now that a deal has been made to re-open the government and a special committee has been appointed of both Republicans and Democrats to come up with budget solutions before we face this issue again in January and there is another threat of default in January. I believe the American people and our fragile economy are owed a Christmas gift. A SOLID BI-PARTISAN DEAL TO BALANCE THE BUDGET AND WE WANT IT SIGNED SEALED AND DELIVERED DECEMBER 24TH! Watch how the markets and the economy reacts to that, for a change it would be shockingly positive.

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. merlinzcave

    If you think the Health Care Act is a good thing, mandatory insurance for all people? This isn't free like in Canada, this is something like car insurance. EVERYONE HAS TO HAVE IT OR FACE IRS Sanctions. This will bankrupt what is left of the middle class, companies are bailing on family plans, people have to pay for their families out of disposable income. Lower Middle Class, families that make less than $40,000 per year will now have to pay for health insurance as companies were given a one year break. (McDonalds, Walmart etc.) So good for us, and you. We are now a 3rd world nation, with the them and us. Tax breaks for the big corporations, rich, and the rest of us, oh well tighten you belts people The Health Care Act and record gas prices are coming Jan 1. HAPPY END OF DISPOSABLE INCOME PEOPLE, you wanted change, by god you got it! With the Republicans Blessings!

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Do not touch Obamacare.

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  4. CHAD

    "we fought the good fight, we just didn't win," well it's about time that congress didn't win, they have been making the american people losers for a long time. this battle was nothing more than a play for next years elections and the speaker trying to keep his job while laying off 1 million americans to cover his own butt.

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Boehner has no idea how much this has cost taxpayers and businesses. For what? What has been lost in revenue is astounding."

    For what? For causing precisely those effects in order to slow the recovery and have a bad economy to continue to blame on Obama and the Dems. The most very basic and fundamental fact of the matter is this: the GOP/Teatrolls decided long ago that allowing a Dem POTUS to have the kind of successes that 'Murika needs and wants, such that there are measurably good results that can be pointed to, is anathema to them. They determined that such successes mean bad things for their elections and pushing their agenda. Ergo, any time a Dem POTUS is elected, they are going to try to force failure upon every single thing he/she does. They are breaking gov't to "prove" it's broken. They love to say Obama's policies are failures, but they'll brag to you in the next breath about how they've blocked or sabotaged all of them.

    October 16, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I wouldn't do it either unless you want to be wraped up and dropped of a navey ship into the cold Atlantic you GOP teaparty terrorist !!!!!!

    October 16, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Minh Tran

    Good news!!!

    October 16, 2013 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. RJT

    What A Show! Got to love the US Govt. They ALL should be replaced.

    October 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  9. cog in the wheel

    Whatever your political persuasion, this is a terrible way to run a government. Crisis after crisis after crisis. The fact is Obama won the election, and with a Democratically controlled Senate and his veto power, there is no way the Tea Party will overturn the ACA. It would be FAR BETTER for the GOP and right wing conservatives to concentrate efforts on improving healthcare in this country–become a positive force for change and improvement. The fact is the OLD healthcare system was in shambles, with ever rising costs for both treatment and insurance. The ACA is only a step away from the old system–we as a country need to find ways to improve the nation's healthcare, not go back to the broken past.

    October 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Terri

    Yawn...same old song and dance. In a few months we will do it all over, there are no "winners" in our government so they should all stop crowing. Our government is broken and the TEA Baggers have assured it remains broken. I just hope we voters remember who all the obstinate members of congress were at the next elections. Vote 'em out.

    October 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  11. Nothing to Celebrate

    Radical pablum- crashing the economy is no solution either. If one party seizes the budget as a weapon, one must assume the worst.
    I agree with you as well with this. This whole process was a waste of time, as everyone knew it was just political theater, but it still doesn't change the fact that we cannot keep spending like this. No one should be celebrating from either side, because we are all losing in this.

    October 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. lol

    Things are going to be so much better when we are $22-TRILLION in debt. Still need more jobs, have higher SS payments, healthcare costs and higher taxes to pay for it all.

    No really...it will be...honest.


    October 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. TommyD

    Dems are all about spend, spend, spend...free, free, free...sad fools

    October 16, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Karl Marxs

    15(6) days before HALLOWEEN

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  15. Interesting

    Isn't it funny that Boehner was soooo annoyed with a Democrat stating, "we are winning this thing" ("This isn't some damn game!"), yet he's perfectly using the word ("we just didn't win") in his own remarks.

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Evervigilant

    Carney said the Obamacare changes in the Senate deal aren't ransom. "Not if both sides agree to it and we support it. We’re fine with it," Carney said.

    So it's only not ransom if Democrats agree with it otherwise it's ransom and the republicans are terrorists.

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. JEM

    "we fought the good fight, we just didn't win," – This statement is proof enough that Boehner is off his rocker.

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Gerald R

    People! PLEASE, PLEASE remember ALL this CRAP we have been going through with these people the next time you vote!

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  19. Chris

    History is always made in the Senate, there is no such thing as a House(?) in Ancient Rome, now let's see if some senators will plot to strike daggers into the heart of another senator called Teddy,,,,

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. yogi

    "House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that "we fought the good fight, we just didn't win,"
    Mr. Boehner, is that your definition of a "good fight"? Holding the country hostage, closing down government, and make life miserable for hundreds of thousands of people? There is one word that comes to mind – disgusting.
    Boehner did not stop the ultra right wingers in his party because he was afraid to lose his job as Speaker, and look what we have to pay for his weakness, arrogance, and incompetence.
    And one more thing Mr. Boehner, stop talking about the American people, because you don't speak for the majority of Americans.

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. BostonDan

    A leadership failure from the White House on down. Where was the sainted Obama during all this? Not bringing the groups together and hammering out a solution. No, he just keeps hammering away, trying to split the country even more. Sadly, it is working.
    I never thought I'd say I'd like to see the old timey Dems like LBJ or Slick Willie Clinton back, but they knew how to negotiate and arm twist. This amateur has no interest in either, although he is smart enough to do it if he wanted.

    October 16, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Michael Cliff

    GOP teaparty terrorist....yeah, that helps out the situation. You learn that from the biggest finger pointer of them all, our President. Shameful. He will be remembered as the most polarizing President in the history of our country. What a shame. It's a two party system we have in our country, checks and balances, neither party is supposed to be the KING!

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "We are now a 3rd world nation"

    Yes, as we all know, one of the very first criteria on the list for checking whether a country has devolved to third-world status is whether it has created a system for providing insurance to all of its people.

    Do you people even know what the words coming out of your mouths mean?

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  24. Vickie

    I am ashamed today to be called a republican. The only republican in the house with a backbone was Cruz and he cannot do it alone. I am sick at the thought of the next election because I won't vote for either side, where does that leave us now?

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  25. jpherling

    Of course Cruz won't block the vote. He's already gotten what he wants for now: the admiration of the former lunatic fringe that is now the lunatic mainstream of the Republican party.

    October 16, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
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