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April 23, 2014

Boehner Backs Senate Deal, Will Bring It to House Floor (Updated)

Updated 3:39 p.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner will bring the Senate-crafted deal to end the government shutdown to the House floor and is encouraging Republicans to vote for it, he said in a radio interview.

“We fought the good fight, we just didn’t win,” the Ohio Republican told WLW radio in Cincinnati. He said he expects the government to reopen Thursday.

Boehner also cautioned that there would not be a budget deal unless President Barack Obama and Democrats give up their demands for more tax hikes.

“If they’re going to hold onto their position that we’re always going to raise taxes, then we’re not going to come to a deal,” he said. “But hope springs eternal.”

As for the latest Senate deal, Boehner said that Republicans did everything they could to bring Democrats and the president to the negotiating table and fight Obamacare, but the Democrats refused.

“There is no reason for our members to vote no today,” he said.

Boehner said he would continue to fight.

“There is no giving up on our team and there is no giving up in me,” he said.

The speaker brushed off a questions about Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican who pushed the strategy of tying Obamacare to keeping the government open.

“We’re a little bit more independent minded than our friends across the aisle,” Boehner said.

Boehner later released a statement saying blocking the Senate deal would risk default and open the door for Democrats to extract a tax hike and increase spending:

WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) released the following statement regarding the bipartisan Senate agreement to reopen the federal government and avoid a national default: “The House has fought with everything it has to convince the president of the United States to engage in bipartisan negotiations aimed at addressing our country’s debt and providing fairness for the American people under ObamaCare.  That fight will continue.  But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by the members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.  In addition to the risk of default, doing so would open the door for the Democratic majority in Washington to raise taxes again on the American people and undo the spending caps in the 2011 Budget Control Act without replacing them with better spending cuts.  With our nation’s economy still struggling under years of the president’s policies, raising taxes is not a viable option. Our drive to stop the train wreck that is the president’s health care law will continue.  We will rely on aggressive oversight that highlights the law’s massive flaws and smart, targeted strikes that split the legislative coalition the president has relied upon to force his health care law on the American people.”

  • proudestamerican

    I love the smell of GOP surrender.

  • Steffen Schmidt

    And when Boehner says “JUMP!” what do the 60 Tea Bags in his caucus say? “F**k you Mr Speaker!”

    • proudestamerican

      Their new spin is “we tried”

  • Rockman

    Before anyone puts out the victory buntings and strikes up the band, remember we had so much fun here that we will do it gain next Jan and Feb. Watch who votes no in both houses.

  • Scientist5

    I happen to be a Conservative Republican who believed from the start that it was ludicrous to expect the Demos to allow us to succeed. In fact, the Demos wanted a shut down and there was no way to stop them. They wanted to give as much pain as they could to Americans. They had it all planned well in advance – any one who believes otherwise is a fool – how did all the CLOSED printed signs appear immediately at memorials, monuments, parks. What right did the govt. have to close privately funded parks.

    I am in full agreement that ObamaCare is a flop, and will likely collapse on its own. However, I hope the GOP will constantly fight it openly along with other stupid ideas – amnesty, IRS corruption, Benghazi, absurd got. programs, out of control spending, and on and on. BUT, pick just a couple and expound on them constantly. If we do not win in 2014 – kiss American democracy goodbye.
    I am a WWII vet.

    • Bob Viering

      Like my father you are a WWII vet and I salute you!

      As for the Democrats wanting the shutdown, I think you are a little off. If you do a little checking you will note members of Congress like Michele Bachmann were crowing after the shutdown that they got exactly what they wanted. Democrats didn’t cook up the harebrained scheme to defund the ACA or else.

      As for the signs, those probably took all of five minutes on a computer to print.

      I believe we would all be far better off if we took responsibility for both successes and failures. Rather than looking for conspiracies where none exist, Republicans need to admit that the whole shutdown was a mistake just like Democrats need to admit the roll out of the health care exchanges has been a disaster.

      As for the end of democracy if Republicans don’t win in 2014, that won’t happen. In our almost 250 years as a nation we have had stinkers for president from both parties and survived, we have had other periods of hyper partisanship and survived. You need to be more positive and believe in America as I do.

      • Scientist5

        It may have taken 5 minutes to print each one of them, but I doubt if they were all printed in the same location. Someone had to order at least 100 different computers with printers to prepare them. It also took more than 5 minutes to take them to all of these widely separated locations and post them. How long id it take to get the barricades maritialed s500

      • Scientist5

        Bob Viering – I believed from the start that the whole mess was uncalled for. We have a bunch of juveniles on both sides of the aisle. However, in my 90 years on this Earth I have never before seen a worse Presidential administration, nor a poorer Congress. The number of qualified people in the Congress is minimal. Moreover, the President has fewer qualifications for the job than a management trainee.

        I am a history buff, as well as a professional engineer, and history is filled with civilizations that collapsed once the recipients of funds from the public treasury outnumber those who contribute to the treasury. We are fast approaching this point.

  • Beeker

    Speaker Boehner blinked. Now I would expect him to tell Reid f**** y*** to his face when they meet again, just like the last time.
    Scientist5,
    Obviously you don’t know computers and their ability print out the signs rather quickly.

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