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. reasonablebe

    why would this comment need 'moderation'??? 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.

    there isn't even anything that would hurt someone's feelings or is offensive.

    October 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. jzaks

    And just think, we go through all of this again in February.

    October 16, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Bruce

    Look what happens to the Tea Party, Cruz and Boehner when the President "doesn't blink".

    October 16, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. Carrie


    -– Only if you own enough stocks in any of the companies posting gains and cash out said securities to realize those gains. If not, you are exactly $0 richer.

    Yep I checked I am getting richer!!! ;o)

    October 16, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  5. Paul Coggins

    The party of STUPID held hostage by rogue elements.
    Cruz/Palin 1683!

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

    Time to step down Boehner, what was the payoff, how much did you get?

    October 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  7. dw1650

    The American people will not tolerate this much longer! Each time this becomes a circus, Congress is stretching the breaking point and one day the relative civility of these charades will turn to riots!

    October 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  8. atimoth

    I thought it wasn't a game?

    October 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  9. Firstname Lastname

    All of you lose when you sit there and flap your lips and do nothing but play theater. Fire yourself.

    October 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    Is it about "winning" or doing what's best for the country? They all make me sick.

    October 16, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  11. Fruit Cakes

    The Republicans started off with this brinksmanship two weeks ago by wanting to defund the Affordable Care Act. In the end they gained nothing.

    October 16, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  12. Josh p

    'WE didn't win', John Boehner?! Isn't this about real American people, not the Republican Party winning instead?! As usual, it's all the politicians talking about their own self interests and whether their Party wins or loses. Washington is corrupt, out of touch and incapable of doing its job over and over again.

    October 16, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  13. Walter

    With Republicans giving in, the libs will be hard-pressed to "blame" Republicans for anything next year. Especially if the economy continues to be in the toilet.

    October 16, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  14. MaryM

    Now will the Republicans kick the TPers to the curb? God, I hope so. The wacko birds like Cruz have almost destroyed the Republican party

    October 16, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Dennis

    It still just blows me away that Republicans can be so sure the 'train wreck' that is the Affordable Care Act is such a joke...and the gawdamn thing has only been in effect for about two weeks! Republicans showed their impatience and stupidity by not just letting it take its course THEN cause a commotion when it doesn't work. Now, when the ACA is shown to work they will look really foolish, but that isn't the worst part for them...that will come when they experience a bloodbath during the next election cycle.

    October 16, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  16. Brian Williams

    Can we please put in term limits? If you want a career in politics, you shouldn't expect spend it all in once place.

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

    Country will be far better one voters remove this incompetent House Speaker John Boehner , who is controlled by outside lobbyist and wasted interest groups .This guy has no control on his own caucus members.How he is called a leader when he is a looser and destroying his own party and got so stubburn and negative when this country is in so much crises.
    Shame on his alliance with TEA PARTY ,the looser.

    October 16, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. schoolsub

    What needs to happen now is to keep the government running until January 2015, but to throw out the democrats from Congress. Then we may have a chance to get rid of ObamaCare once and for all. That, of course, is what this fiassco was all about. The majority of the American people don't want this program. Unfortunately, there were enough libtards in Congress to pass that piece of crap legislation.

    October 16, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Mike

    How is it that Canadians such as Ted Cruz and Australians such as Rupert Murdoch have been so successful in worming their way into American politics, then slowly eating away at our political system by sowing fear, hate, and disinformation? If I were a more conspiracy-minded person, I would think that these outsiders had this planned all along; to slowly take our country down bit by bit, all while flag-waving and grandstanding as pseudo-patriots...

    October 16, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  20. Peter Clarke

    The glitches related to the ACA are a big concern and the people responsible for them should be taken out to the wood shed. The law certainly didn't go far enough to responsibly provide decent coverage. As far as reigning in spending wonder why they didn't think about corporate subsidies and big oil with 2 billion in breaks with profits in the tens of billions. An oversite I guess !

    October 16, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |

    so many idiots on here, you choose an elected offical for the works he/she does and what they stand for, not what political party they belong too. Dang thats why America is in the shape we are in, cause no one does their homework anymore. Its about what party they belong too. Hopeless

    October 16, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  22. Fowez

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win." - Boehner

    For the 48th time the GOP has lost the fight... when you're 0-48 it's time to pick another fight.

    October 16, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  23. Courtney Gillespie

    It seems to this taxpaying, VOTING, disabled wife & mom, that the Presidency has been sabotaged & bullied by a bunch of spoiled children who stomp their feet & throw a fit each time they're not getting everything THEIR way. As a fed up parent, I will volunteer ANYTIME to come to D.C. & teach these 'brats' a lesson.."you can't always get what you want"!!!!

    October 16, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  24. FreeThinkerJoe

    I read with amusment Rep. Steve King's bravado about using brinksmanship as a tactic to cut spending. Perhaps we should start with his homestate, Iowa, which receives more in federal spending than it pays in taxes, and I believe is second in the country when it comes to farm subsidies. I would recommend that not one dollar more of federal funds go to the state of Iowa until Rep. King is willing to sit down and negotiate on how we can bring Iowa back in line with states like Illinois that pay out more in federal taxes than they receive in benefits. Once he agrees to an appropriate cut, federal funds can start flowing again to his state, but not until then. Seems fair, doesn't it? [For my Tea Party friends, this is satire, but maybe you think it is a good idea – I don't know].

    October 16, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  25. Name bob

    The country would be a lot better off without these tea party nuts thinking they run everthing. Big up to the president for standing up to them and giving them the space to make total fools of themselves.

    October 16, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
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