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.


Filed under: Congress • Debt • Government Shutdown
soundoff (879 Responses)
  1. yaya

    umm is this going to affect my income taxes. ill be damn if i wont get my check i work hard for this

    October 16, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  2. kaneda

    Time to go to printing press and print out some more money boys!!!

    October 16, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. hrpufnstuf

    I don't understand how the Senate can take the lead on this. Isn't this a revenue bill? Don't ALL revenue bills have to originate in the House?

    October 16, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  4. hl31

    Democrat finally finds their best fundraising stars, Ted Cruz and Tea party. Nobody benefited from this shutdown more than democrat.

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Shan

    Thank you Mr Boehner, Thank you Mr Cruz

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  6. Name Edog

    "We fought the good fight, just didn't win". Well you were never going to win in the first place and put 800k of government workers on furlough and put America near financial crisis to try and make a point. Not a very good strategy, but what can you expect from the GOP. A bunch of clowns!

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  7. James

    Well Cruz, if you aren't will to go the distance, then don't start the race. John F Kennedy went the distance for America. No politician since Kennedy has deserved to serve or even mention Kennedy's name. Get some backbone or crawl under a rock.

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  8. Brian

    Congratulations for actually doing your job!

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. coderjones

    is cruz deaf ??

    he seems to only hear his words .... must be another legend in his own mind

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    King, the GOP dufus from Iowa is to stupid to be in congress and should be voted out by the people of Iowa and the veteran he give the golden waterfallt too ASAP . Who's word would you take on this , all the worlds economist or the GOP teaparty useless slug STEVE KING from the HICK state of Iowa with the USA s dumbest GOP voters!!!!!!

    October 16, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. Joe

    Force our representatives to be included in Obamacare, if it is good enough for us it is good enough for them. No exemptions!

    October 16, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. The real problem

    Why don't we look at solving the real problem? We are so far in debt as a country that it is impossible to get out, but we can get better. We need to find reasonable ways to stop spending. One of the greatest rules of economic safety is: Do not spend that which you do not have. Why are we raising the debt limit? So we can get farther in debt? That makes no sense at all. Why can't the elected officials figure out ways to stop spending so much. The ACA helps many more people get insurance, but it still doesn't solve the problem. Why don't we reduce the amount of reasons that are acceptable to sue doctors for malpractice. That would reduce the cost of medical care, which would reduce the cost of insurance premiums, which would make the economy stronger as money would be able to be used in many more places than medical care. I get it that sometimes doctors are negligent, sometimes terrible things happen when medical procedures/treatments go wrong, but our country has become so 'sue happy' that anything and everything that goes wrong ends up in court. How much money would be saved if our judicial system wasn't compromised by so much greed and revenge?
    I am tired of fix the symptoms approaches that the government is trying to do. Start looking at the root of the problem and fix the actual problem.

    October 16, 2013 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. Kona

    The Cruz missile failed to launch!!!! He has no credibility!

    October 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Susan StoHelit

    Awww, isn't that sweet. Boehner will actually allow our elected representatives to vote on a bill! Yay.

    October 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine


    How is the nationalizing of America good for our country? How is the individual states right to make decisions being taken away good for our country? Yep, Dems won...congratulations. Our individual rights being taken away one by one.
    The nationalizing of America? What the hell is that? What individual states rights have been taken away? Is it the right of you to force me to pay for your hospital visit because you don't have insurance, and I do? Wow, that's a right that should be taken away.

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

    "A leadership failure from the White House on down. Where was the sainted Obama during all this?"

    First of all, the executive branch is not "above" Congress. They separate, equal, independent but related branches of gov't with powers and obligations to check and balance the powers possessed by the other. There is no "WH on down" here.

    Second, Obama played his role perfectly. He refused to reward the Teatroll tantrum...refused to be forced into bargaining with the tantrum throwers such that they would be encouraged to believe that throwing tantrums gets them things. THAT is what President SHOULD do. That is what the adult in the room does when a toddler goes bonkers, screaming, crying, throwing itself on the ground and stomping its feet while demanding cake or ice cream or a pony. He did exactly what he was supposed to: tell them "NO PONY FOR YOU."

    October 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Joe

    Cowardice. The house should REFUSE and DEMAND that obamacare be defunded or some other program that will permit the budget to pass. Zero increase on debt ceiling. Let obama take credit for shutting down the government. He has been the one unwilling to negotiate and threatening veto.

    let him do so and take the credit for the US credit rating drop.

    October 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  18. Nobama Care 4 Me

    Def ears – what reasonably credible poll has said that the majority of Americans are in favor of Obamacare? Please post a link to such poll here. I think you are confusing this with the poll that said Americans would prefer it to go through vs. default. That is like saying I'd rather be punched in the face vs. shot. Neither is particularly pleasant.

    October 16, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  19. Damian X

    Ted Cruz what a joke you are and don't speak for the American people and what we want. Do us all a favor and retire from politics you moron.

    October 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  20. Does it matter

    For those who think the House did nothing:

    REID was willing to let the country default before any House bills came to the floor that HE did not approve of. (FACT: Zero of the house bills sent to them were even brought to the floor for a vote)
    OBAMA was unwilling to compromise, so he let his lap dog REID do the dirty work and save him from vetoing the bill (Fact: he (Obama) SAID he would of anyway).

    So the only option left to avoid default is for Boehner to fall on his own sword. So nice of the Senate to make sure that the bill doesn't even get to the house until "after dinner" and only hours before the clock runs out. They will have to pass it and barely even have time to read it.

    October 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    Standard and Poors just stated the TP terrorist's little temper tantrum just shaved .6 off the fourth quarter GDP and cost the economy 24 BILLION.

    Exactly, how do you morons plan to NOT pass those costs on to your grandkids, whom you claim to care so much about?

    October 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  22. RS

    Liberals would rather see the nation fail than do the right thing. Someone please clone Cruz and smother the states with all of them-–please, please start here in California. When you want to reach me, please press 16 for English.

    October 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  23. E Ray

    if "the conservative Republican plan had been implemented five years ago, say at the inception of what is now the Obama presidency, we would have far less debt and deficit."

    Hey, how about back at the beginning of Bush's presidency, before two unpaid wars, an unpaid medicare drug benefit, and a tax decrease? Gotta love how Republicans have to act all super-conservative as soon as a Democrat's in the White House.

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

    Good boy...

    October 16, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. lean6

    "DEFAULT NOW OR DEFAULT VERY SOON. Does this delay really make a difference? Nope!"

    @A Citizen
    Well, if we don't solve this problem with the infiltrators in our Congress, that's exactly what they will put every ounce of their being into trying to make true. It's ridiculous to think that you can just stop living on credit without a framework to increase revenue and decrease costs. That's not as simple as throwing the checkbook in the trashcan and cutting up credit cards. President Obama came into office on day one trying to find ways to renew our infrastructure and to spark innovation and revenue, while the GOP/Tea Party has simply made every effort to make the country fail. They even admitted it from the start. What more evidence do people like you need that it's time to pull your head out of your hind parts?

    October 16, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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