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. Mike Denney

    "I'll allow it", he means, like the most ridiculous TV judges on 'Law & Order'.
    He'll allow it–it's highly likely his grandfather didn't 'allow' anyone in the 'colored' men's room at church (Katey, BAR THE DOOR!).
    So...he'll allow it.
    Guess we should all throw on our finger cymbals and go dancing around in the streets like dervishes.
    Except, don't do that in D.C.–they'll shoot you dead for that stuff.
    Besides [yawwwwn, streeeetch]...those guys have put in a HARD, DIFFICULT, two weeks of destroying out socio-economic infrastructure, they're all counting the minutes 'til they can change out their catheter bags (ancient Chinese secret! Always be prepared to filibuster!), call James to 'bring the limo around front', and sit there until 'some worthless swab' at their house gets that 'darn Thanksgiving dinner started early this year'.

    October 16, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Darla

    I agree with Padric2. Allow it? Arrogant vermin...

    October 16, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. Marie

    The house should hold out. Never give in. If they do now nothing will ever get done and the american people in a year or two will be complaining how bad things are. Fight for what you want now. Everyone is calling these members in congress, radicals. They are not, they are standing up for the american people. Remember the american revolution. What started that.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Mateo

    The King has spoken.


    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  5. Richard T.

    The Rethugnicans got called out. They lost and like all bullies they whine. Hostage taking is a terroristic tactic. What ever happened to "Country first"? ACA (Obamacare) was the GOP/ Heritage Foundation Plans that Dems caved and excepted rather than going to the wall for a public option or single-payer healthcare.

    Just like the GOP's fight again SSA and Medicare this fight is once again fighting against the middle-class and poor.

    Additionally, Boehner is a limp dick Speaker.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  6. Mike Weston

    Great Job Mr. Speaker...next time, in Obama's words...bring a gun to the knife fight! Millions of Americans are behind you..great job to CNN "contributors" for calling Americans who oppose Obamacare, "Taliban, Teabaggers, Al Quada and the like. The shame is that when you lose the argument, you resort to name calling. No wonder CNN is losing viewership..and get the F rid of that Piers Morgan...he needs to go back home and face criminal charges currently pending against him for wiretapping officials in the UK.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  7. Paul

    Obama sucks!

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  8. John

    Some how when this ACA turns out to be a complete mess, (and it already is), and financially kills the US, it will be the republican's fault and Odumber will also blame Bush. This administration S.U.C.K.S beyond belief.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  9. Harry101


    The republicans are at fault. No ifs, ands or buts about this.
    Simple answer for the simple mind

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. ampminkc

    The Tea Party is over. This was their party and now they need to pay up for the cost of shutting down this country.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  11. Steve

    Does it really matter what deal was reached? As long as Obama is still in office, this country is doomed.....
    Just imagine what Obama will do when democrats take control of all three branches of government in 2015 – and two more years remaining in his term.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. O'drama ya Mama

    matt houston

    There was a guy who said the TEA PARTY was created because of Reid, Pelosi, & Obama...and put the blame on them.
    I wonder if he realises that Obama won because of Bush's horrible record? So in the end put the blame on the GOP and Bush...because history shows that a black man would have never won unless the status quo rich white men of traditional American government messed up so bad that even traditionalist white folks would just throw up their hands and say, "what the heck, can't do any worse than what Bush and his ilk had done to the country..."

    But here's the rub...this half black president with an Arab name actually started to do things that mattered. He caught elusive terrorist leaders who had eluded the Bush era, he brought Affordable Healthcare Act and so many other things...that's why these GOP guys are so ticked. First they get whipped in sports, now they are getting whipped in civics...it's quite embarrassing to say the least.

    Is this a racist comment? Some might see it as so. Some might see it as just a hypothesis based on limited observation skills on my part...whatever the case, it is what it is. The GOP have committed suicide by bringing the nation to the brink of destruction just to obstruct a black president. I for one am glad that they went that far because it shows just how much they really don't care about Americans.
    October 16, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |


    This is very well written. To answer your question you have expressed your opinions without coming off as an extremist or a racist. Many who try to express their dislike for either Republican or Democrat or Obama can not do so without sounding like a nut job. You have done the impossible with this and for that I thank you.

    October 16, 2013 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. werewolf1

    They all make me Barf.

    October 16, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station. This isn't some damn game!

    October 16, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. kemal

    What a bunch of plonkers! There is not secure enough prison for these gangsters!

    October 16, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  16. Wow

    The Petty Tom Paine

    My freedom has not been lost: what freedom did you lose? I just love how you equate this with Communism, since all it shows is how barren you are in terms of your thinking and how much you hate this country.

    How is being concerned about acquiring more debt without a plan to get out of debt an attack on America? Oh wait you live in the satisfy yourself in the now and don’t have the brain power to think ahead 5 minutes from now. This is YOUR world everything revolves around you doesn’t it! So when I don’t agree with you, you attack me and tell me I hate this country, funny obama uses the same tactic if you don’t agree with him. Thank you for proving my point!

    October 16, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  17. rich

    are they kidding? praises, congratulations and slaps on back. CRAZY!!! if this is approved the last sixteen days were wasted. if approved this only extends the problems until early '14. they probably extended that far so they could have their Christmas vacation! these so called government representatives need to be voted out and replaced with representatives that can make policy for the American people and not their own agenda.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Mateo

    "National polls indicated that America blames the GOP? Is this the CNN poll that interviewed only black welfare recipients the day afte Obama promised to continue raising the payments??"

    No. Informed citizens.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  19. Rick L

    I will allow myself to say the GOP and Boehner SUCK and are not my party anymore.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. ampminkc

    The Tea Party has ended. The Tea Party needs to pay for cost of their party for shutting down their own country.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Boehner, please instruct your members not to pat themselves on the back when this thing passes. Some self-flagellation is in order (for you too). Then instruct them to whip themselves some more as they are just going to do this to us again in a few weeks. And finally, open your eyes. We are seething mad out here, you and your congress didn't need to do this to our country. It really feels like you people have been constantly spitting in our faces for the last couple of weeks.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. Deep_Water

    Boehner you will allow it.......you are a disgrace to your Country....you where sent to D.C to work for the people, but you have sold your soul to the devil....

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  23. mbw

    Everyone is overlooking the real reason there is so much rancor over our budget and the seemingly inability to pay our debts. President Clinton was running a 1 billion budget surplus and there were no government shutdowns. Then
    along came George Bush with three tax cuts for the rich and it has been downhill ever since. By the time George Bush
    left office, the economy was in a tail-spin and we were on the verge of a financial collapse. Wake up. The tea party
    is trying to take us there again. They want less government so that corporations can run the country. Then there goes your Social Security, Medicare. Health Care and your 401-K's will go down the tubes in the next financial meltdown. The rich will come out on top...........AGAIN.

    October 16, 2013 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Realliberal

    People are upset at Bohner for "allowing it" suggesting he is being imperious. In reality he is risking his spearkership to avoid default as he is breaking the Hassert rule. Arguably a noble act, not one to condem. Also, people calling T party "NAZIS" don't understand Nazis or the Tparty. The democratic party is the party of big government control, not the T party. Libertarian is a better term, or if you are going to be ridiculous, anarchist, but not NAZI- an inappropriate term for any American political party, but certaintly more philosophically similar to the democratic party if any such comparison is to be made.

    October 16, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  25. Dan E T

    As a Moderate Independent observing this i have come to this final analysis
    I think House Speaker John Boehner finally decided to break the republican Haster rule due this for three basic reasons .

    I. He knows that his career as Speaker of the House of Representatives is in effect over after 2014,and this is his big F U to the tea party for dragging him into this mess by bringing the US to near default the tea party in effect sealed the fate for the republican party in 2014 election making GOP congressional seats in moderate and swing districts an easy pick for the democratic party thus resulting in the GOP loosing the majority in the house and bonher to lose the speaker-ship, plus i think that the tea party was also looking for a way to dislodge bohner from the speaker-ship by putting him in this position, having forced bohner to the position where he found himself in to agree to a compromise and having the agreement originate in the senate and not in the house, he would be weakened in his current role that could in effect for the interim lead to a new vote for the speaker-ship and have a new vote for the position where the tea party could get there own candidate in or a person more receptive and sympathetic to them and stronger in leadership than the current speaker has in the past.

    II. Pressure from top GOP financial contributors as a default would have serve negative effect on the economy resulting in those Donner to limit or stop outright contributions to the RNC and Republican state committees. Hurting party coffers and hurting any Corporate board appointments the bohner and other gop leaders who are bohner allies and friends may have come up after they leave congress.

    III. He does not to be seen in the eyes of the american people as the man who lead America to ruin. A legacy that no man no matter how ambitious stubborn or proud wants as this will not only demonize him but his children and grandchildren.

    Either way the votes are there in this crisis is averted for the moment and remember a piece of advice to the tea party memebers of congress i do not agree with you but take this as sound advice remeber the old quote

    "Don't cut off your nose to spite your face" that is what this default would have been

    October 16, 2013 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
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