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. JM

    I want to know what politician steak tastes like – it doesn't have to be them, perhaps their child or spouse.

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  2. capiers

    Here is the actual truth.

    "we're in this postion for one reason, and one resaon only: Congress told the Government to spend more money than we have. Congress told the treasury to run up our debt to pay for it."

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake up People!
    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
    Yes indeed.
    "... the real Taliban is right here in the good ole U S of A".
    Tell 'em Wake up! Tell 'em!
    Thanks for the assist on the Cruz story, babe, 'preciate it.

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Lisa P.

    "Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president's health care law will continue."

    Sorry, Speaker Boehner, but the train wreck is the GOP and it will continue as long as you continue to oppose the will of the people. The ACA may not be entirely what we want but it's closer to what we want than anything you've been promoting.

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  5. jim simmons

    Man the Republicans took it again lol. To be fair they would have ended it sooner and gained face it was the teebaggers.

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  6. danielwalldammit

    No Boehner, you did not fight the good fight. You fought dirty, and you fought to hurt Americans, no more and no less.

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. VEW2012

    It is amazing how a fraction of a part of one party can think they represent the majority of Americans. Don't they realize they have lost two presidential elections because they are not the mainstream or the majority of the voters. Those of the Teatards we don't need radicals in government, and we didn't vote for a radical in the last two presidential elections Thank those narrowly gerrymandered districts for your place in congress...you would not have won your seat if the district was a balanced representation....otherwise you wouldn't have been selected by the majority of the people. If we can we will work to make sure you are voted out of office.

    October 16, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. WestsacVoice

    Hey folks – the work is not done yet. I don't agree with the shutdown and brinkmanship but the issue of expenses exceeding revenues is still on the table and they should figure that out. The sequester is, as they say, a sledgehammer and nobody is putting the work to come up with a true balanced budget that accounts for paying down the debt.

    In my opinion, all of this was a distraction to the true work of putting us on the right track still has to be done by both parties and whatever compromises they have.

    October 16, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. JJ

    Finally. Unable to lead, unable to follow, and facing a bulldozing, the moron finally gets out of the damn way.

    October 16, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  10. larry f

    so does all this happen all over again in January?

    October 16, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  11. CalKar

    Finally, some adult behavior by the House. But, Boehner "allows" it....he should have brought it to a vote a week ago!

    October 16, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. GOP Lie Machine

    The GOP has been spending money like it grows on trees... more and more to the military-industrial complex that is bankrupting this country. They were willing to go to war in Syria without a care to the cost just a few weeks ago... where did all that money go that they wanted to spend on THEIR pet welfare recipients? Nothing for the people of this country, though, but tell that to the bottom feeders that live on welfare and still vote bagger.

    October 16, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  13. Peal415

    I am disgusted that the house is giving up.

    October 16, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  14. m64mcbride

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win," Boehner told a radio station... Fighting "the fight" has itself caused major losses for both the Republican Party and the United States of America. The Democrats didn't win with this fight either, but they are likely to receive a huge benefit in the next 13 months. I'm not sure there will be any winners in this, If there is, it is likely to be other countries that don't depend on the U.S. for their livelihood! Well done U.S. House of Representatives!

    October 16, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  15. GOP needs to read Sun Tzu

    Another example of the Tea Party making the perfect the enemy of the good, thereby achieving nothing and losing much of the political capital it had. Do Republicans ever think through an end game before taking a radical action? I ask this as a conservative who can't believe how the Right gets outmaneuvered at almost every turn.

    October 16, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  16. dmwinsd

    First Palin, then Cruz. Patriotic Republicans need to stop listening to flashy 'mavericky' types that provide lots of bluster but nothing constructive for our nation. Assuming the votes are there today, we can now put the last couple of months behind us (except for the billions of wasted dollars the shutdown has cost and the personal damage it has caused) and get down to some real work.

    October 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  17. Jean

    Ironic that two weeks ago Boehner slammed a White House 'source' for saying that 'they were winning' and now he uses the exact same terminology...

    October 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  18. Susan J

    "we fought the good fight, but just didn't win." No, Mr. Speaker. I think you lost nothing in all this. It wasn't about you – it was about the citizens who lost pay and their jobs. Citizens who lost access to public services during this shutdown. Get over yourself and actually work for the people paying your salary with tax dollars.

    October 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. bro

    he needs to be sent to bed without his dinner, little boy

    October 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. T E X A S

    Republicans should move closer to the center so you can get your guy elected.

    October 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Real Tom Paine

    I'm waiting to hear about Tea party suicide bombers
    What's that Tom?
    The Teatards are committing suicide?
    Run with that one cnn.

    October 16, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  22. Jesse

    The problem with so much JF what is wrong with ourr country is that party lines have become so divisive with no one able to clearly think and act upon issues with clear and inependent minds. Everyon has become so dumberd down by party rhetoric that what is good for the country is completely masked and lost by what is good for the party, individual, and $ contributor.

    October 16, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  23. srjsac

    The GOP will pay for this at the polls. This has ruined a number of small businesses in California, especially those in Mariposa County that rely on the tourism of Yosemite to generate business. The GOP turned their backs on many small businesses in order to do what? Trying to overturn a 2 yr old law is not a reason to ruin mom and pop businesses.

    October 16, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Hamlet

    It's all fixed... well not really we still didn't put together a balanced budget... we just kicked that can 3 months out when we can do this donkey show all over again.

    October 16, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  25. Kenman

    I know that liberals are going to keep crowing that the Tea Party caused this "crisis" with no concern for the nation, but we would not even be talking about the outrageously irresponsible spending by our federal bureaucracy were it not for this disturbance!
    And, most of you will STILL ignore the fact that America has more federal debt than any other nation on earth! And, that's almost twice as much as the next highest!
    But, it SHOULD upset ALL Americans that our nation cannot run a DAY past the 'debt limit deadline" without borrowing from the likes of the largest Communist nation on earth, China! How far we have fallen!
    Now, the ultimate hypocricy, after CNN has been beating the Republicans up every day for troubling us with these details, are now saying how irresponsible it is "to kick the can down the road"! What in the world do you think they were trying NOT to do!?
    And, it was the President and the other Democrats in Congress and in the liberal media that were falsely scaring the world about a default that would have only happened if the President had chosen not to pay the $30 billion national monthly debt payment from the $250 billion that we take in each month!

    October 16, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
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