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. KH

    What does Boehner mean they lost? All they did was punt until January. We'll be in the same mess all over again!

    October 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. John Ashton

    we still dislike you worthless charlatans.

    October 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |

    kick the can down the road for 4 months...wow.

    October 16, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Fire E Mall

    There must be no celebration or recognition for the idiots that pushed OUR country to this position!

    Any company that would operate in a similar manner would not exists.

    Employees who behave like these idiots, find themselves unemployed. Sadly they would then collect unemployment.

    I propose that we fire all these politicians and let them join the ranks of the unemployed; with one large exception – politiicans would not be eligible for unemployment pay nor any medical coverage.

    After a cooling off period, they could be offered minimum wage jobs where they could work with their hands to actually make something.


    I H adenough

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Nothing to Celebrate

    All those supporting these measures now, will reap what they sow down the road. It doesn't matter what party you are from, as we cannot sustain this type of government financially. People are blinded by their political beliefs instead of looking at what is really happening.

    I could care less about Obamacare, Republicans, Democrats, whatever. The fact is we cannot afford this stuff, and every time we increase the debt ceiling, we are escalating our demise.

    Just think about it from your own personal perspective. If you kept getting new credit cards to help pay your bills because you couldn't afford the things you wanted to buy today, their will eventually come a time when you won't be able to pay those credit card bills. Then what do you do? You have to claim some type of bankruptcy or take a huge hit on your credit rating. Now upscale that scenario so it applies to the US government, and now tell me what you do.

    So celebrate today, but just remember the looks on your kids faces when you have to explain to them why the country is broke and in turmoil 10 years from now, and they are asking you why?

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. letsmakeadeal

    The debt is not going away. The debt measured as a percentage of GDP is a bogus measurement as far as I am concerned. That doesn't make the debt smaller, it's just foolish attempt to rationalize away ever increasing debt.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Miffed

    We need to start pulling from different schools. COMPLETELY destroying productivity is simply lousy leadership. If this was to bring awareness to the American people...it was stupid and wreckless.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. Rk

    I'm thinking of another era when a small group of individuals formed a party took over a country and then threatened the world. I'm thinking the 1930's..We all know how that turned out.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. NgauHuPhart

    And where was YOUR father born Mr. Cruz...? Maybe we should be asking you for YOUR birth certificate.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  10. Christian Grey

    Fitch said the decision to put the U.S. credit rating on negative watch was driven by a number of key factors including the inability of Congress to come to an agreement on how to deal with
    "runaway spending and mounting debt"
    in a “timely manner” before the U.S. Treasury Department exhausts its extraordinary measures by October 17.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. Larry

    I'd like to see the wording of that Senate deal. If they insist that the income verification provision of Obamacare be implemented immediately, then that will shut it down for some time. The IT guys can't figure out how to grab the 1040 income from the IRS. Given their dismal track record it may be a while before the income verfication actually works. I think it's for the best so that fraud is not so easy to commit.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  12. Mike

    What about this. If americans would get together and agree to support a single write-in candidate for each slot could we finally defeat both parties? At this point it doesn't matter if we elect Miley Cyrus. Anyone is better than these guys. Online, grassroots americans could take a few seats this way and send a strong message that we won't tollerate any more foolishness.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. DustyOnes

    Fine, let America go to the dogs (Progressives). I have about 50% fo my business overseas now and I will be finished by June.

    October 16, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  14. dapper

    Congress and our leader are all to blame. Any resolution on the table at this point is a WIN at ALL COSTS. This approach has the people of the United States left short handed and again, the wonderful bias media directing the flow of public opinion. The days of neutral reporting is gone. Media reporting has now become the slanting of information the way the liberals want the information spun. Give me the facts and let me provide my input to congress. Oh, I forgot they don't care either what my opinions are. So let the government say shut down as they no longer provide value to the American people. Let Paul Revere ride again!!!

    October 16, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. Name hurt

    Cruz can go slither back in his hole now, and I was a republican but now I have to say I'm democrate see ted how quick you can destroy votes with your lies and crying lick a little b-h, yes cruz you destroyed and lost A LOT of rep. Votes

    October 16, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Suresh

    Not "we fought a good fight and lost" – he needs to say "we tried to TERRORIZE Congress, the NATION and potentially the WORLD in an EVIL way, and LOST, like WE SHOULD HAVE."

    October 16, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  17. rs


    YAY, lets borrow billions more from China just so we can pay that money to corrupt governments, the UN, and fuel bloated useless bureaucracy. Every American owes over 50K in debt as soon as they're born, but why stop there, WOOHOO lets borrow more to get less, YEAH!!
    Stop cutting taxes on the rich, stop having unfunded wars=easy solution

    October 16, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. As-if

    YAY, lets keep spending woohoo!! This is fun! Ha-ha republicans, we can spend as much as we want to and you cant do anything about it.

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  19. Pander Bear

    Thanks for the colossal waste of time Tea Baggers. We will kick your tails out in 2014.

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Spy Drop

    Here we go again in another 2 months. I will be putting as much of my money in my pocket and not spending anything over the holidays. The only thing that came out of this shutdown was a 3 week vacation for a lot of Federal Employees; a lot of loss money for small businesses all across this country; and cover for the problems with ObamaCare.

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  21. John Rock

    Having a biased dollars based monetary system is going against the rest of the world, especially re-emerging economies like India and China after being looted by colonialists for 250 yrs since 18th century.

    India and China were the richest countries and largest economies, especially India till 18th century until the invasion by the colonial forces, according to a 20 yrs research done by Angus Maddison on behalf of OECD countries

    West not only benefited from the colonial loot (Americans levied heavy tariff on so called British goods and Britain had no problem since it was bleeding India (Hindu kingdoms) around 20 to 30 million pounds/ yrs for 200 yrs between 1747 to 1947

    The colonial loot was sustained by this biased international dollar based monetary system since 1930 after following 200 yrs of gold standard economy (of course after looting thousands of tonnes of Indian gold from their rich kingdoms). From 1970 dollar was pegged to oil instead of gold so that the west can print and spend as much as dollars it wants while rest of the third world which were looted left and right made to pay the dollar exchange rate fluctuations in the form of inflation while Tom, Dick and Harry in the US paid the same price for consumer goods despite very poor GDP growth rate for decades.

    This biased dollar system would eventually be replaced slowly since this drama of spending cuts and debt ceiling is going to continue every 6 months to 1 yr in the in the US, affecting other countries.

    The trick lies in China's capacity to boost domestic consumer demand and reduce dependency on American consumers. It is only a question of time. Russia and India would fall in line, if China takes a stand.

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  22. bgorilla

    I used to not like Pelosi till I met Cruz

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    And now the GOP/Teatrolls will rabidly blame the MSM as your punishment for not carrying their water far enough. Clearly the non-stop, round the clock, 24/7 coverage of everything each one of them was saying and spewing as their rationalizations and talking points isn't enough, CNN: you have to come out and explicitly endorse it all or they will turn on you when it fails. False equivalencies won't satisfy them when they lose.

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Brandon

    I honestly dont think any of you bums get it, count your red and your blue victories all you want fact of the matter is by raising the debt ceiling you all get to carry on and let this nation continue to make poor choices and drive our children out to the feilds .... wake the f up folks ... you better pray that nobody we owe comes to collect.

    October 16, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. American

    Default? So you think Obama would not pay the interest on the debt out of spite?
    The tax revenue coming in each month can very easily pay the interest and not default on the debt if the debt ceiling is NOT raised.

    October 16, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
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