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February 9, 2016

House GOP Talks With Obama Break Down as Both Look to Senate

Updated 11:09 a.m. | House Republican talks with President Barack Obama have broken down, with GOP leaders telling their conference Saturday that the White House rejected their offer for a short-term debt limit increase tied to negotiations over reopening the government.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said the sentiment from lawmakers at a morning GOP conference meeting was that the president is not serious about negotiating with House Republicans. He said the White House seems more interested in talking with GOP senators.

“The president has got to be open to working with us,” he said. “Democrats have got to understand we have a seat the table and we have a right to be involved in negotiations.”
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said House GOP lawmakers are looking to Senate Republicans to hold the line for they party. “It’s now up to the Senate Republicans to hold firm,” the Idaho Republican said.
House Republicans had been looking for the president to sign a debt limit increase while the government remained shuttered and negotiations continued on a spending deal. Several GOP Senators, however, have largely rejected that approach, saying Congress needs to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling before the government runs out of borrowing authority on Oct. 17.

House Republicans had been looking to find a deal that would reopen the government as soon as Tuesday as well, but those discussion don’t seem to have gotten anywhere either.

Even as House lawmakers seemed to be throwing the ball into the Senate’s court, there was deep suspicion of the Senate Republicans’ willingness to cut an acceptable deal with the White House and Senate Democrats.

Indeed, the consensus coming out of conference was that House Republicans would stand against anything they considered a bad deal coming out of the Senate.

Many suggested that they were not inclined to simply roll over and take a deal that doesn’t meet the demands of the Republican conference.

“We are resolved, let’s just leave it at that,” said Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash.

House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said they are stuck waiting to see if Obama cuts a deal with the other chamber.

“At the moment we’re looking across the rotunda to see what they do,” he said.

“I don’t like it,” he said of deferring to the Senate. “I keep hearing these reports about the so-called Obama-Collins bill, and I think the White House clearly is behind it.”

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, has proposed a six-month CR at sequester levels tied to a repeal of the medical device tax.

A six-month deal is too long for Rogers’ liking, removing the urgency for appropriators to finish their work and giving too much flexibility to the administration on how to spend the money.

“Last I checked that kind of thing was for the Congress,” he said.

  • Ed Burns

    There is only one way to stop the charades in Washington… IMPEACH OBAMA!

    • xian


      (great plan!)

      • MrSmith

        Biden has proven he can act ‘vice presidential': dumber than Obama.
        So surely he can act ‘presidential': dumber than Harry Reid.

        • xian

          also he’s not a “Chicago thug” amirite?

    • godblessusa

      For what? Not capitulating to extortion?

      • Takiwiaa

        You want a list? Benghazi at the top.

        • godblessusa

          What about Benghazi, the non-scandal?

          • Dashed

            What do you call a scandal then when Americans were left to die while the president and Hillary created this false scenario about an obscure video tape causing a mob to attack. I find it incredible that you libs can be lied to so blatantly and your ok with it.

          • godblessusa

            In other words, nothing. Just more thoroughly debunked talking points.

            The GOP: Still desperately seeking a scandal (a real one, not the made up kind.)

          • Dashed

            Debunked? by whom? By the way, what “god” are you calling upon to bless the USA? It’s so sad you libs can’t think without Obama’s people telling you what to say. You do it very well there’s no straying at all from the script.

          • godblessusa

            How are Issa’s investigations coming along?

            Debunked by THAT.

      • Dashed

        I see you’re one of Obama’s sock puppets parroting his script. What do you libs not understand about there not being enough money in the world to continue to pay for endless government and cradle to grave entitlements? You can take more and more of the taxpayers income, you can regulate and tax small business, but there is a breaking point where there will be hell to pay. The GOP, especially the conservatives are merely trying to put on the brakes before the country goes off the cliff. Duh!

        • godblessusa

          Are Republicans capable of talking to Democrats without strapping on dynamite first? Why have they refused to conference and negotiate for months?

          • Dashed

            Have you been on the planet lately? Obama has refused to negotiate. He called them in to humiliate them by saying no negotiating. He has been on television for all those months demonizing them. If someone is constantly getting on the air to mock and spew forth hate are you going to want to deal with them? Heck no! But, when they did it was a joke!! All he wanted to do was turn his back And don’t think for a second his nixing the House deal today wasn’t more of his childish ranting in retaliation for Boehner for nixing a deal two years ago. A deal that Obama himself skewered by insisting on more taxes. The guy can only tax and spend like all Democrats. They don’t have an original thought in their minds except to stay in power and ruin the nation with endless spend spend spend spend spend spend And, btw if he gets amnesty it will only encourage more illegals to come and more and more and more.

          • godblessusa

            He’s refused to capitulate to extortion.

            Simple question. Would a Republican president be okay with a Democratic House shutting down the government and/or threatening default to achieve policy goals they were unable to win legislatively or at the ballot box?

          • Ed Burns

            No, because he is a traitor and has committed at least 20 impeachable acts which I am sure you are aware of unless you have been in a coma for the past 5 years!

    • Dashed

      While the House might impeach the Senate won’t try him. You know it’s very appropriate that zombies are so popular these days. Americans are zombies letting these foolish spendthrift liberals destroy a once great nation. You’d think they’d realize you can’t spend what you don’t have and if you take it from others, and they do, eventually those you rob will run out of money too.

  • Samsara

    “Democrats have got to understand we have a seat the table and we have a right to be involved in negotiations.”
    It wasn’t Democrats who cut you out, It was the GOP Senators who decided you should go back to the kiddy table.

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