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
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  1. blakenaustin

    Mr. Boehner, you only lose if you surrender. Stop surrendering! Hold your ground! Show some backbone!

    October 16, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Name independent one

    I was wondering who the American people were Teddy was talking about. I swear those guys prey on the weak and uninformed.

    October 16, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. darknesscrown

    I like how the GOP in the House and Senate (but more the House) say they do what they do because the American people elected them to do it. No. No they didn't. They elected you to provide some balance in an otherwise all-Democrat government. Apparently, to them, that means go as far right as possible. No one elected you bozos to act on your principles at all costs. They elected you to represent the MINORITY with dignity and skill. You failed. Now, in 2014, we're going back to all-Democratic government if for no other reason than to end the incessant crisis manufacturing.

    October 16, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  4. Worried

    Both the parties need to share the responsibility for this equally. The level of acrimony and vitriol thrown by both sides is just mind numbing. Is this how this country's government will behave in the future?

    Whats one positive and constructive thing this government has passed so far? I know its not a budget as they haven't passed one yet. Affordable Care Act and its effect on the treasury is still all hypothetical and estimations, so that can't be it!

    We are fighting for more debt when we should be fighting for ways to cut spending! Its worrying time for this greatnation of ours.

    October 16, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  5. Cheryl

    Hopefully, voters in Boehner's district won't "allow" him to keep his office when his term is up.

    October 16, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  6. Wake up People!

    The bottom line is, a certain group of people do not feel THIS POTUS should be in office and they would rather die than to have HIM be in charge. I don't have to name said group, they know who they are and so do most people with an IQ over 50.

    They were more than happy to shut everything down, to punish us for reelecting this man that looks so different from themselves.

    And then turn around and blame HIM, for all the harm they've caused. Can you imagine how robust and vibrant our economy would be right now had they made jobs, jobs, jobs, their #1 priority instead of making Obama a one term POTUS?

    People in other countries are shaking their heads at the GOP. We're always worried about foreign terrorists, please the real Taliban is right here in the good ole U S of A.

    October 16, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  7. Buddhaboy

    This is no way to run this country. A condo association...perhaps, but not a country. I'm beginning to think a benevolent dictatorship might be preferable...so long as it's not Mr. Cruz and his confederacy of brattish thugs. WAKE UP ALREADY! You LOST the election because you ALIENATE masses of people (take you choice:Gays, Hispanics, Blacks). What's next, Ted Cruz swearing he'll hold his breath until he gets his way, then blame it on the president for not saving him. Children.

    October 16, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. MilitaryAF

    I hope the GOP isn't expecting to win ANYTHING in the next several series of elections. They're in for one heck of an upset if they have such dreams...

    October 16, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Alina77

    Mr. Boehner , I hope you choke on your speakership, oh wait you already did.

    October 16, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. hardwired

    Free speech.

    Boehner's going to allow it, for now.

    October 16, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  11. zachlogan19

    Increasing the debt ceiling does not increase the national debt..... I want you to realize your president said that.... At this point, if you continue to be a blind person invigoratingly supporting a tyranical liar. Clearly cursed by God. Then I clearly can offer no help at all. But riddle me this, if it's called the debt ceiling why on earth do Americans find a parallel between the national debt ceiling and the national debt. I mean, this is clearly some giant mis understanding. How about we rename it the happy fun time chocolate fund. I think that should clear up most of this confusion in the future. #markofthebeastrfid

    October 16, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Robyn


    >> "It's just a date they picked on the calendar," he said,
    >> adding that the government will still be able to pay
    >> the interest on its debt. "I'm more concerned about
    >> market reaction than I am of default itself."
    >> - Republican Representative Steve King of Iowa

    I guess that answers the question "Are you smarter than a fifth grader?"
    For Mr. King, that would be a "No."

    It's frightening to see the level of ignorance, and what's more, pride in their ignorance,
    that the Republican Party displays on the most basic facts about how our government
    functions. When you loudly and proudly announce to the world that you are a deadbeat
    and that you don't intend to pay your bills any more. The world stops doing business
    with you and your economy dies.

    This vote is not about whether our government should spend more or less.
    This vote is about will the Republican House of Representatives pay the
    bills that they already created. Mr. King says no we should let the American
    economy die, because he can't be bothered to pay the credit card bill he ran
    amok with.



    October 16, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. Quin

    Wow...this is senseless. So why could they not agreed on this a week ago when this problem was looming then. SMH. All of them need to step down after this non sense. So...in the final hour they "magically" decided to go along with the plan and then place the blame on Obamacare. Get out of here with that mess. The financial status of this country has been in decline even before Obama came into office, and because he found a way to get affordable healthcare and people off state welfare the GOP cant handle the idea of someone coming up with a plan and strategy before they do. So they want the American people to suffer. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE WITH THAT MESS REPUBLICANS.

    October 16, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Greenspam

    Thank you Lord Boehner for your grace. What will this country do without you? The dark side is strong.

    October 16, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. jack

    look at all the liberals trolls wallowing in their glory..LMFAO like they won a prize or something..Nothing over yet liberal trolls..Nothing over yet..You all gloated over the ACA and seen where that got you..!! Keep Gloating cause we gonna love it when your knock off those high horses you seem to think you sit on..

    October 16, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Alan

    "A Senate deal to end the shutdown includes a provision to provide back pay to furloughed federal workers, sources say."

    Oh good, so it REALLY WAS all for nothing, then...

    October 16, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. wildman38

    You cant give Obama an unlimited credit card and think he's going to be responsible. They will have to do something about that issue.

    October 16, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Fire the GOP

    No Boehnor...you did not fight the good fight. The good fight would hae been to go through the legislative process to accomplish your goals. Instead you held the government AND the economy hostage. It was a filthy dirty fight and hopefully all the GOP are fired in 2014 and 2016.

    October 16, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  19. manyote

    Wait until the true GOtP/FRight Wing Chairman of the Board, Don Mush Limpnutz gets a hold of these wimps if they let the govt. reopen...

    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  20. Swedge70

    Wow, my "respect-for-Boehner" meter just spiked. It's up to 1 now.

    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  21. Dori

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station.

    No, the Republican House didn't "fight the good fight." They fought the WRONG fight, for a bad reason. And it's not that they "just didn't win." AMERICA finally wins.

    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  22. Bystander

    Keep blaming the republicans and backing the democrats and the debt will grow until your sunk you blame the one party trying to do the right think but back the democrats and keep spending

    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  23. Bill

    Gee, i didn't know that the ratings agency, Fitch, fired a shot at the US? Who did they hit? Actually, who did they want to hit? More importantly, why use that archaic language in 2013?

    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Victoria C. Roberson

    It is not about your party, it is about your...I mean our country

    October 16, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Chris

    These clowns shoud NOT be voted out...... They should be hanged for Treason.

    October 16, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
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