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. Dante

    Hopefully, our nation will survive until 2016. This has to be the worst leadership this country has ever had.

    October 16, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Chuk

    Yes, America, bow down and worship these extremists for allowing the bill to move forward. That's the good news. The bad news, you get to do it again in a few months or anytime the extremists see fit.
    And this is democracy? Democracy is allowing the insane to run the assylum? Wao!

    October 16, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Grafted Olive Branch

    I expect there will be MANY more Tea Party like people elected this next round of elections. I do not believe the polls are saying negative blame for Tea Party Conservative Republicans, I believe the polls are saying they give the Tea Party Republicans credit for making the stand they did against big government.

    October 16, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. Flooby

    Mission Accomplished...NOT

    October 16, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. VEW2012

    With the miserable and costly healthcare system we had before the ACA that didn't cover all our citizens..... the only improvement that could be made to the ACA is by upgrading it to centrally administered universal single payer.

    On a sadder note...the GOP was just plain low IQ for not offering that as an option.

    October 16, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. I M Furloughed

    How can people be supportive of Obamacare when the man who created it is not even willing to participate???? You call this a leader? It's like trusting a chef who will not eat the food they cooked, wearing an outfit from the designer who will not wear their own clothes. It bears his names, yet it's not good enough for him to participate in. Really – some of you are ok with that?!?!?! It's going to TAX those who fall thru the cracks on the exchange and still cannot afford healthcare (middle-class) and give a credit to those who can (those on welfare and the rich); taxing medical devices – how many definitions are going to change to make something a medical device so Obamacare can tax it; and the care we receive is going to plummet!!! I believe we need healthcare for everyone, I have a hard time with a plan that is 1,000 pages and took 2 months to write. Seriously – a thesis takes longer to write and is usually not that long. Oh wait – you have to actually be able to get onto the website. . . . here's your sign it's a failure!!!!
    What some of you need to realize is that the potus still has "bless" this with his "approval" and sign the bill. So you say it's the Repub's fault – but I remember hearing the potus say more than once on the news "I will not sign anything but a clean bill". I'm grateful the Republicans took a stand and let him know they were not just going to roll over and let him have his way and be the sandbox bully! Sometimes you have to surrender the battle to win the war!!
    The potus will NEVER cut the debt in half as he "promised" in his first campaign. I had never heard of the debt ceiling before he took office – it's now come up multiple times. Yep, I sure admire that leadership! Maybe if the wife and kids would quit taking off on Air Force Once ALL the time it could be cut in half! Open your eyes people – ALL political parties should be done away with. Not one of them care about the American People – they care about themselves!!!! We were forgotten about 5 years ago!

    October 16, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  7. Bettina

    There are no winners here.
    America has a very serious debt crisis and constantly raising the ceiling is not the answer and eventually will cripple your country.
    Most of these politicians don't care about people and as soon as they make it to Washington they forget that they were elected to serve the public. It is all about political grand standing and making a name for them selves.
    I have been appalled about the lack of decorum and leadership , the mean spirited name calling and juvenile drivel from so many members in congress , it's shameful and disgusting.
    Both Party's have radical and extreme right or left views and are guilty of pandering to them . Hence it is high time to get away from the two party system , take these obscene amounts of money out of political races and limit terms for senate congress.

    October 16, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  8. Joey

    Federal workers got a vacation but, government contractors like myself, got almost 3 weeks of "we're morons, yet we somehow have the power to put you outta work". The whole thing is a damn disgrace !

    October 16, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Gary

    I blame this entire thing on Obamas health plan, and him as President.
    Most Americans do NOT want the affordable health care plan,
    I will not pay one dime to or for it, Nor will I pay one dime for any fines!
    Last time I checked this was still a free country!
    I will not be told what to do with my heatlh care.

    October 16, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Jones

    To D. Oliver – Obviously you are not a government worker. Not knowing when you are going back to work or when or if you are going to get paid is not a vacation. If it were you and your Mortgage payment and kids activites, etc all had to be paid you would be singing a different tune. Good for you.

    October 16, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  11. disqus_m4RzRjSnrs

    We will have to face this again in January. Being a Republican, all I can say is that the House should not block the Senate bill.

    I do not the like the idea of Obamacare at all, but it is a fact. Instead of wasting time and hurting the populace of America, these nimnods should focus on a way to fund the program through cutbacks. Ending wars and cutbacks on foreign aid would be a good place to begin.

    October 16, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Luke,AZ

    "No Balls" Boehner and Mis-guided Cruz got us into this mess for no logical,intelligent and sane reason. The country has suffered for nothing because of these two idiots. It's time to put the tea party taliban out of business !

    October 16, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  13. Dave

    All 535 members of House and Senate need too go!! None of them care to solve any of the problems in Washington. If you solve the problem then there's no need for them to remain in office.

    October 16, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  14. Demigod Vadik, CA

    Senate is really upsetting me...

    ...every one of these egomaniacs has to have their 10 minute speech instead on voting on the darn thing...

    ...cut it short Harry, lets VOTE...

    October 16, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    If the United States Congress is looking at cuts, they should take pay cuts. Their jobs should top out at $100,000.00 and live like hard working (+40 hours per week) middle class people do.

    October 16, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  16. texas3


    Practically every non-minority in this entire country, with the American MEDIA at the steering wheel, has been eggin on this (hateful & shameful) obstructionist behavior towards this President. NOW, all of a sudden, ALL OF YOU want to blame one man (Cruz), for this fiasco!

    All Non-minorities, by their (silence), as this President is shamelessly attacked, day in & day out, are just as culpable!

    October 16, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. texas3

    thought I edited this comment.


    Practically every non-minority in this entire country, with the American MEDIA at the steering wheel, has been egging on this (Immoral & Shameful) obstructionist behavior towards this President. NOW, all of a sudden, ALL OF YOU want to blame one man (Cruz), for this fiasco!

    All non-minorities, by their (silence), as this President is shamelessly attacked, day in & day out, are just as culpable!

    October 16, 2013 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    God have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins. in Jesus name.amen. this is my prayer. AB

    October 16, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  19. steve

    I have finally figured out why this has gone on so long. The US congress cannot negotiate unless it is with threats and bombs, so the poor lambs are a bit lost at the moment. So my solution is that they deal with each other as they deal with foreign countries that dont go along with their agenda... savvy?

    October 16, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  20. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    On the brink of the first financial default of the United States in history and your savior is where? Meeting Miss America? Your impulsive. You voted for him. You made your beds. Now lay in them.

    October 16, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Robin

    We are an embarrassment and everyone is laughing AT us!

    October 16, 2013 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    The Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham today admitted he and his tea baggers buddies knew they couldn't make changes to Obamacare:

    "Well, everybody knows that we're not going to be able to repeal this law until 2017, and that we have to win the Senate and win the White House."

    – and yet the baggers shut down the government and took our economy to the brink!

    What a bunch of pathetic, whiny, childish, self-centered LOSERS!

    November 4, 2014 can't come fast enough!

    October 16, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  23. Snake Bliscan

    I've stumbled in to a hot bed of divisional thinking stocked with people armed with there sides favorite talking points. Not an original idea or independent thought within a hundred miles. Is this what passes for political debate?

    The US has defaulted before, which something even Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity" could have discovered with google had he or she not been in such a rush to parrot their favorite narrative.

    October 16, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  24. Chad

    "We fought the good fight; we just didn't win" I thought this wasn't a game, Mr. Boehner. I wouldn't have called it a game, but an act of shear arrogance. All the damage inflicted on the economy and furloughing thousands of federal employees when he knew there wasn't enough votes to pass their anti-Obamacare defunding bill. Now here we are, right back to where they originally started.

    October 16, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    @I M Furloughed,

    "How can people be supportive of Obamacare when the man who created it is not even willing to participate????"

    Why do conservatives feel that *multiple punctuation marks* make their fact-free points more compelling?

    Anyway, Furloughed, the President already has health insurance; he doesn't need to sign up. The Marketplaces are designed for those who need health insurance, and to help them comply with the law by doing so.

    October 16, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
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