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. sunder

    About 68% of the borrowed money is from individual investors and cooperations. So all the Rush lovers here need to understand that the people who get screwed by defaulting is mostly Americans. People like Rush might have stacked their money somewhere and so do not need to worry much.

    October 16, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  2. Davida Willette

    clock is ticking why havent they voted yet

    October 16, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  3. gman0528

    Boehner is an Idiot he does not know how to stand his ground and the other problem is every time you raise the debt ceiling the more interest you are adding on to what we already owe , how do these so called educated ass wipes think we are ever going to get out of the situation we are in , if we do not change the way our government does business you might as well tell our children we screwed the pooch and guess what your generation has to try to deal with the idiots still running this great country into the ground...Impeach Obama and clean out the rest of the liars and crooks and lets start over with all new people ....

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  4. bill davis

    Give me pay for not working, and more paid time off, and please keep US out of Obamacare.

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. Michael

    I have to say all of the pork barrel politics is ridiculous. Our so called government from both sides are so willing to throw the American people under the bus without thought of how we feel. I think everybody is to blame not just one political party. I say if the health care law is so good everybody should be required to have it meaning any elected official should bear the same burden we have to if they are so sure it will be successful. All I can say is time to hit the reset button next election and force all elected officials to work for the people or make sure there are term limits to get rid of corrupt lifetime politicians.

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Candace Clough

    Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa advocated continued brinksmanship to try to change Obamacare, which conservatives detest as a big-government overreach.

    "If we're not willing to take a stand now, then when will we take this stand?" he told CNN's "New Day," adding that 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."

    ahhh yes, what was that plan again, the one where no one gets insurance they didn't already have. Medicare money goes to private insurance companies and no one can sue doctors for malpractice... mmmm I see

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  7. matey

    House Leader Boehner did a smart thing. By permitting the "up and down" vote to stop the shut down, he is now "off the hook" and the Tea Party and The Cruz Leadership takes the blame for causing The Shutdown. Once the shutdown ends, House Leader Boehner can take the credit for saving The USA and destroying The Cruz Tea party.

    One problem for The House Leader. Now he has alienated The Tea Party by stopping The Shutdown, and alienated The Democrats by causing the shutdown. I think we will be saying Good Bye to The House Leader. Now he will have a good reason to shed tears.

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  8. RandyMarsh

    Do the American people a favor and step down, John Boehner! You and your tea-party have done enough damage.

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  9. c-lo


    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
    And the left alienates masses of people (take you choice: entrupenuers, successful business people, self sufficient, non-sheep), but we are becoming fewer and further between. What's next, the huddled masses swearing they will hold their breath until they get more handouts from the fewer hands left to hold out? toddlers.

    October 16, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  10. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    The liberal establishment hasn't a clue what's about to happen to them, courtesy of THIER OWN ELECTED XEROX GENERATION CONGRESSMEN. ENJOY YOUR OBAMACARE!!!

    October 16, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. jerry walters

    My only real regret is that I am not there tonight to watch Boehner and cruz and all the teapeople )or whatever they are called) eat there poop sandwiches! Way to go President Obama, Senator Reid and all the democratic leaders and congressmen and women!

    October 16, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. JakeF`

    Alice in Wonderland said it best: "Why... you're nothing but a pack of cards." And so they are.

    October 16, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. jerome

    "Carney called the change "a modest adjustment," and said it didn't amount to "ransom" for raising the federal debt ceiling because both sides agreed to it and the White House supported it."

    It didn't amount to ransom because Obama will not honor it anyway. He's already delayed the income verification which was originally passed in the ACA.

    October 16, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  14. Darrell

    This should have never got to this point in the first place. The republicants have such a hard on against this president it's just stupid. They could have let this go through weeks ago and still have done their jobs. The health bill is law!! get over it and get on with doing your freaking jobs. The President won twice get over it!!! Do your jobs!!! Of course we are going to vote out every republicant and tea bagger we can in the coming elections, there will be a massive overturn of people in Congress.

    October 16, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. silentcount

    The good guys are trying to lower the federal deficit and not allow the spending limit to keep going up. The bad guys are trying to increase the deficit and borrow more money with no way of paying it back. They want to put it all on the next president to fix. The bad guys keep pointing the finger at the good guys as the ones to blame. The number one bad guy should have never been elected as president. He has no clue how to make money without a printing press.

    October 16, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    @Billy Bob: "Rush and Fox ARE the American people. The LIEberals don't matter, only the PATRIOTS"

    No, they are a bunch of loonies with a big megaphone and the backing of the likes Koch brothers, without whom they would be just another pimple on the backside of history.

    October 16, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. Joe

    Good, the gov should never have been shut down...but we still have the problem with Obamacare, too many exemptions from Obamacare for politicians, businesses and unions and the massive expanding national deficit with endless debt ceiling increases. Fix it, we pay you to do so.

    October 16, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  18. Person

    Some of these comments continue the fiction that "the American people are forced into an unwanted healthcare." The tremendous number of people who piled onto the ACA website is testimony that people do want this healthcare reform, the same as has been experienced in the rest of the civilized world. The only people being "forced" are freeloaders who want to avoid health insurance and drive up rates for the rest of us when they get seriously ill. If you drive a car, you get insurance. If you drive a body, you get insurance. Our stupendous healthcare costs prove that it's just too expensive for our country to operate without this policy.

    October 16, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  19. sammy750

    The failed so called leader of the House. He couldn't create a bill that would pass in the House and he was a dictator, who would not allow any bills to come to the floor for a full vote. This guy is useless and should be fired. But that is what we have in the Republicans now. DO NOTHINGs.

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. DoNotWorry

    The GOP will destroy anything they can't own.

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    Amazing all these RWNJ posters here ... either in cahoots with those trying to destroy the American middle class or too dumb to realize they are being PLAYED for fools.

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  22. PTAllen

    Rep King says he's more concerned about the stock market. What?! That tells you right there where the Republicans priorities are.
    And, as usual, reading thorugh some of the comments here. You've got your racist ones – blaming things on blacks and the working poor; the ignorant ones – who think we borrow so much from China; just a clue, first we aren't borrowing from them, we are selling them securities, just like we sell to every other country, corporation or individual, and they only hold about 12% of our debt, 80%+ of the national debt is owned by Americans, mostly in mutual funds .... All buying into the typical Conservative rhetoric and obstructionist mentality, "We know we are in the minority, but since we couldn't get our way through the regular legislative process, we are gonna pull political antics that hurt everybody, and hope we can force the Democrats to do what we want, because we know they care more about the welfare of the middle-class and working-poor"

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  23. SB Atl

    What Koolaide are you drinking or are you not only ignorant but crazy too?

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  24. Mike S. New Orleans

    I'm so glad the Orange Man will "allow" the democratic process to continue, instead of obstructing it with his Tea Bagger buddies like they've done for years now.

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Kevin T. Baldwin

    "I'll allow it" – Bite me, Boehner.

    October 16, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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