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. David M

    "We fought the good fight..." Not really. All you did was fight, but you did not fight the good fight.

    October 16, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Michael Davis

    Tea party and conservative groups are destroying this country for their interests. I hope all people recognize it.

    October 16, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  3. michael gilbert

    If you told a seventeen year old that he owes a large amount of debt from his grandfather, and it will be taken out of his paycheck every week, he will probably react like most poor people who owe child support, he either won't pay it or won't work. Then who pay's the debt? is it going to get paid? Will he think it is fair that he pays it?

    October 16, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. ManWithThePlan

    Why is it that every picture they show of Boehner, it looks like he might smoke 25 packs of Marlboros a day?

    October 16, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  5. Georgia Girl

    Ted Cruz, the senator from Canada single handedly brought down our American Govt. Image what he would do to us if the became president.

    October 16, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  6. Lucas

    The democrat party wins again- they always manage to come out on top, even though they support higher taxes, more debt, bad economies and a loss of individual freedom. I guess it's yet another Sign of the Times!

    October 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  7. Carrie

    @Larry L

    Obamacare is the Democrats baby, they had to pass it before the Republicans took over the House. So if it fails or is successful it is on their heads!

    October 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  8. jc

    It's about time, Boehner. You succeeded in weakening your party, and the country. Good job.

    October 16, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. common man

    One of the costliest Drama ever ... As reported it cost us 23 billion dollars !! When we have such amazing people in power why do we even need reality shows. Every single person in house , senate should be ashamed of themselves .

    October 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Let's Be Civil

    You didn't win, John? THIS ISN'T A DAMN GAME!!!

    October 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. DengueFever

    John Beau-ner – standing over the toilet jewels dangling, proud of the bowel movement he has taken on the American people

    October 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. VEW2012

    MERLINSCAVE – If you think health care is free in Canada you are sadly mistaken, although everyone is covered Canadian health care is paid for by taxes. In the end it is cheaper than our system because it is centrally administered, every citizens is covered regardless of where they need medical care. The overall cost per GDP is 8.7% of GDP or roughly $1,483 per person in Canada to our 11.8% of GDP and $2,051 per person with not all people covered. So no, it is not free but it is better than what we have, at a better price and all their citizens are covered.

    October 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  13. L Spurgeon

    I commend Reid and McConnell for their bipartsan bill. Neither side got 100% of what they wanted but they compromised and came up with a plan to move the country forward. Boehner and the House Republicans wouldn't do that.

    October 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. Herb Schmitt

    So we just keep saying that the debt we have isn't enough? We have to borrow more, and more, and more?
    When will it stop? God knows a small group of dedicated individuals tried to stop it. Unfortunately the mindset here in America is no longer to pay the hard price. I heard someone on CNN say they were glad its back to "normal". Right just keep spending, taking, spending, taking as normal .

    October 16, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  15. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Yahoo !!!


    Can clean out every Wall Mart Super Store in america
    with working TAX PAYERS money and send the bill to
    our great great grand children

    October 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  16. underwaterops

    He is their leader. But will they follow him, or will he follow the Tea Party?

    October 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Ellie

    No one won. This entire mess is shamful and a digrace.

    October 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Victoria DeRoche

    "We fought, we didn't win" how about they fought we all lost. Understatement to say the least.

    October 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. DTenn

    Simply amazing. "We fought the good fight" ?? Why was there a fight at all? The ONLY reason the care act was out there to be an issue is because the congress, of which he was a major player, made it a law. When it was presented to congress, there was ample opportunity to kill it at that time. It's much too late now to pretend this is all the fault of the POTUS. This is an issue because congress made it an issue when they made it a law. At that point, it ceased to be the presidents health care act, and became the Americans health care act. He has been tilting at windmills he helped build. Holding hostage the entire government, and making our country look like idiots in the world view because they now are having buyers remorse is simply not acceptable. Fight the law on it's own merits and if they get it changed / revoked, so be it. THAT is how our government is supposed to work.

    October 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. reasonablebe

    great. so we will have this congressional made 'crisis' again in a few months. when will the tea party grow up and recognize that the majority (winner of the election- presidential) is not them, and that the majority, the dems., get to rule, i.e. set the policy?

    its like little kids who have lost a set of matches and demand the # of games within the match be increased to give them another chance to claim victory. enough.

    obamacare is here. if you are so sure it will be a disaster– that people won't like having coverage without regard to prior existing conditions and lifetime caps, and unexplained denials of coverage, then let it be tried and we will see. the truth is, gop is afraid people will like it- just like people like medicare and social security.

    October 16, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Thomas

    have to mention,

    its funny reading the stories of the politicians now for the passage of debt ceiling,

    ted cruz, in example,

    "i never intended to get in the way"

    funny how cracked shells are looking for the missing pieces to be glued only hours before default, lol


    thomas 🙂

    October 16, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  22. sunnylovetts

    Repent and be saved by the risen Christ!

    October 16, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. Who Knows...?

    24$ Billions i damages already. Confiscate that money from the Republican Party, the Koch Brothers, Jim DeMint and his Heritage Fund, etc... This is UNREAL

    October 16, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    The noticed two things missing from their talking points about the POTUS.

    I haven't heard the word weak nor the phrase, leading from behind for the past 2 weeks. Thanks GOP for your constant attacking of the POTUS for the past 5 years, it woke him up and reminded him why he wears those baggy pants.

    October 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  25. Doug Oliver

    It includes a provision to provide back pay to furloughed federal workers

    I am at a loss to what this hoped to gain. Except that we gave 2.5 weeks of vacation to federal employees. What a bunch of bone heads.

    October 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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