House Republican: 'It's up to Senate Republicans'

House Republican: 'It's up to Senate Republicans'
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POSTED: Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 11:20am

UPDATED: Monday, October 14, 2013 - 11:29am

House Republicans are slamming the White House for not negotiating with them. House Speaker John Boehner told GOP rank and file that President Barack Obama was rejecting the House GOP offer and instead working with senators from both parties to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.

"I'm disappointed that the president has rejected the offer that we put on the table," said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. "I know that he's trying to see which Republican senator he can pick off in the Senate. I hope that the Senate Republicans stand strong so we can speak with one voice."

"All eyes are on the Senate," said Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). "It doesn't seem like the White House is serious at all about entering negotiations with us until they see what comes out of the Senate. If they get something out of the Senate that's weaker than our negotiated position, it obviously strengthens their position."

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) was more blunt.

"The President rejected our deal," he said. "It's up to Senate Republicans to stand up to the President."

Those Senate Republicans are in the midst of talks with their colleagues across the aisle. A bipartisan group of about 10 senators, led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), met Friday afternoon to try to find a way forward in the Senate, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

Collins' plan for a longer extension of the debt limit and government funding has gained some traction. Her proposal would repeal the 2.3% tax on medical devices, which is used to help pay for Obamacare, and give federal agencies greater flexibility to deal with the forced spending cuts known as sequestration.

With the White House's rejection of House Republicans' offer, members will head home to their district for the weekend, many of them angry at what they see as an intransigent administration.

Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said that the president has negotiated in bad faith, that he never intended to reach a deal, only bait and switch.

The Republican caucus has never been more unified, he said, than they now are against a "very bad" deal between Senate Republicans and the President.

GOP leadership will remain in Washington to continue negotiations, advising their members they could possibly call them back for a vote. As of now, though, no votes are planned, and members will return Monday afternoon.

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Just can't wait for flap-jawed little teddy cruz to succe ed in syphoning off votes from the traditional repub party...guarantee Hillary Clinton will win by a landslide, folks. Anyone, even Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Newman could win against a fractured/laughable repub/tea party circus...so, tea partiers, keep up the good work...split the repub party in half, run demented teddy, stay on course to destroy the US, and you will fail in 2014 and 2016...

Stay strong and ":Stand Your Ground Democrats" and President Obama.

The GOP / T-Party and ted cruz are not going to be the Nazi SS, Saddam Hussein, josph Stalin, Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong IL or Mao Zedong, contrary to their belief.

Those 40 despicable TEA Party folks were sent to Washington to stop the out of control spending and are doing just as WE THE PEOPLE wanted them to.

Just maybe Old Turkey was one of those angry tea swillers getting honks in response to the placards they were flailing around this afternoon...as for your 40 (absolutely!) despicable loud-mouthed anarchists in the House, they do not speak for me, sir, and most likely do NOT speak for the majority of Americans...so they may be your darlings in gov't. now, but get back to us when your SS/vet benefit checks don't come along...when your doctor/hospital no longer take Medicare...thank a tea swiller!

How gut-wrenchingly sad that those sent to Washington as servant leaders of ALL Americans have failed to do the work of the people because of 40 despicable, dishonorable & un-American tea party anarchists...& to think that while this is going to be unbelievably disastrous to middle income & poor people, these clowns are receiving their paychecks!...just as mind-boggling as the angry clowns standing on the corner of 323/Broadway this a.m. holding signs for impeachment of the POTUS...pitiful!!

Stay strong GOP.
Obama is not a king, contrary to his belief.

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