Skip to comments.Warring GOP factions sink John Boehner plan
Posted on 10/16/2013 10:03:42 AM PDT by pabianice
One pocket of internal Republican opposition focused on Boehners plan to slash government contribution to health insurance for Capitol Hill aides. Boehner and his top lieutenants had already proposed that lawmakers, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and political appointees at executive-branch agencies should lose the subsidy. But when Boehner expanded that ban to thousands of Hill staffers, a solid bloc of GOP lawmakers told Boehner they would oppose the bill.
Boehner still tried to press on.
Another rebellious faction believes repealing the medical-device tax was nothing but a giveaway to corporate America, not a part of Obamacare that should be erased.
And then there were the conservatives, who looked at Boehner, Cantor, and McCarthys plan, didnt see any serious attempt to defund or repeal Obamacare, and took a pass. Several lawmakers in this group, sources say, were conservative House Republican freshmen.
By around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Boehner and his Republican leadership team decided enough was enough. They called off a Rules Committee meeting and decided that they would forgo a floor vote. There was even staff-level talk of a one-week debt ceiling bill to avoid default.
GOP lawmakers and aides, who spent hours in meetings with Boehner Tuesday, were shocked to see him upbeat as his House Republican Conference crumbled around him.
Boehners options, at this point, seem slim. Reid and McConnell were on the verge of a deal Tuesday night to lift the debt ceiling until Feb. 7, reopen government until Jan. 15 and create a budget conference committee that would be required to report results by Dec. 13. Treasury could extend the debt ceiling using extraordinary measures. Health and Human Services would be required to certify the income of those receiving subsidies under Obamacare.
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That says all I NEED TO KNOW!
Translation: we didn’t allow him to cave. And now he has to get the votes of his leadership and the democrats. He’s done and he knows it.
- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).
Boner’s gonna need ‘Rat support in the House as the real conservatives and tons of faux conservatives dive for cover on this vote.
If they could maybe give the staffers a reduced subsidy, like 50% instead of 75% - something akin to what many employers do. Staffers do more work than Congress. But Congress, the Courts, and the Executives who enrich themselves at the expense of taxpayers with cronies and inside trading: they should be fined, jailed, and forced to receive Zero Care.
I think Boehner has reached the acceptance stage. He knows there's no painless way out for him so he has resigned himself to the fact that this is his last term. The relief that the pain will soon be over is what brings the smile.
Team Romney and Team McCain win again.
The GOP is THE party of ObamaCARE/RomneyCARE
and every disgusting overlooking of treason
against the US Constitution.
I don’t understand why McCain isn’t facing a recall, like the would-be gun grabbers in Colorado did-is his embarrassing pandering what folks in Arizona really want, or does AZ law not permit that he be removed other than in a regular election?
Cruz could have stopped this. ANY senator could have. Has Cruz joined the RINOs?
I think he has no intention to leave. I believe the knowledge that he could have a stiff drink after caving is why he was smiling.
"Screw you, America."
He could have played the Senate rules to drag the whole thing out as long as possible. He didn’t. He stood aside and let the debt ceiling get raised. He is a coward.
I see newbie that the DU faction is active today.
The only plan Boehner has and had is to side with the Libs. He never intended to side with the people.
Just shows that we cannot put our faith in the GOP — any part of it.
TIME to FORM a NEW PARTY.
Agreed. The American Liberty Party has a nice ring to it.
You smell like a troll.
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!” - Barry Goldwater
I shower every day and am a defender of liberty through and through.
“I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them. It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.” - Barry Goldwater
He didnt. He stood aside and let the debt ceiling get raised. He is a coward.
Try and get your feet wet first, before calling anyone a coward. Not only is it proper Nettiquette, but you can make FRiends and influence people too.
OK... maybe I went to far. Cruz IS mostly a friend. I am just ticked off. Tough day for American patriots.
Most things in the Senate that have to happen fast require unanimous consent. Any senator could have spoken up and demanded time for a debate.
No. McCain, you didn’t lose that battle. Your side, the RAT Party, won...thanks to turncoats like you and Ayotte!
The next major disaster will be Immigration Reform. The Donkeys and Rino Gopee are salivating over passage.
The concurrent event with Immigration Reform and beyond will be the attempted purge of all TEA Party and conservatives members from Republican ranks. This will be ramrodded by the establishment GOP, RINOs, Donkeys, and MSM. The Republican Party as currently constituted needs to become as relevant as the Whigs.
Cruz is very intelligent and knows the difference between losing a battle and losing the war.
There are many looming battles to be fought.