Boehner, Obama Done Talking; All Eyes on Senate
Speaker tells Republicans that House negotiations have ended
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2013 11:05 AM CDT
Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves a House Republican conference meeting on Capitol Hill Oct. 12.   (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – The last few days have seen the focus of the shutdown/debt ceiling talks shift toward the Senate, and this morning's developments make that shift complete: John Boehner told his troops that House Republican negotiations with the White House are finished because the two sides couldn't strike a deal, reports the Washington Post. That means the new point person becomes Maine's centrist Republican senator, Susan Collins. She's been floating a deal that would raise the debt ceiling through January and fund the government for six months, reports the Hill. Among the concessions from the White House would be a delay in a tax on medical devices used to fund ObamaCare, reports Politico. The default deadline is Thursday.

Some of the day's quotes, including some angry-sounding House Republicans via AP:

  • Harry Reid: “I was happy to see the Republicans engaged in talks with the president, the House Republicans. That’s over with. It’s done. They’re not talking anymore. I say to my friends on the Republican side of this Senate, time is running out.”
  • Rep. Paul Ryan: “They are trying to jam us with the Senate, and we are not going to roll over and take that."
  • Rep. Raul Labrador: “It’s now up to the Senate Republicans to stand up."
  • Rep. John Fleming: "Perhaps he sees this as the best opportunity for him to win the House in 2014," he said of Obama. "It's very clear to us he does not now, and never had, any intentions of negotiating."

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Oct 14, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
You people haven't a clue !! This is how it works: The Dems will spend us into prosperity. Once we are all millionaires we no longer have to worry to pay it back because we owe it to ourselves! GET IT NOW ?? Whoooopppeee ! Hand me the tequila, Vato.
Oct 13, 2013 10:50 PM CDT
What must Canadians think of the fuss here by Republicans. "Health care in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded health care system, which is mostly free at the point of use and has most services provided by private entities It is guided by the provisions of the Canada Health Act of 1984. The government assures the quality of care through federal standards. The government does not participate in day-to-day care or collect any information about an individual's health, which remains confidential between a person and his or her physician. Canada's provincially based Medicare systems are cost-effective partly because of their administrative simplicity. In each province each doctor handles the insurance claim against the provincial insurer. There is no need for the person who accesses health care to be involved in billing and reclaim"
Oct 13, 2013 12:15 PM CDT
The people of the United States knew we needed Healthcare Reform. Twice they voted to elect President Obama into office. Why? Because He is without a doubt the perfect man for the job. Can you imagine trying to install healthcare reform and get it past those that FIERCELY oppose it (not talking about the public). The corruption in politics is overwhelming. Mr. Obama was the best man for the job. (notice I said was lol) and we all know why. What are the odds that the right President and right thing to do can come together at the same time?