Dems Lash Faltering House GOP Bill
Boehner says 'no decision has been made'
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 15, 2013 9:40 AM CDT
Updated Oct 15, 2013 11:27 AM CDT
Speaker of the House John Boehner with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walks to a meeting of House Republicans at the Capitol, Oct. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – House Republicans don't look ready to fall in behind Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell's plan to end the shutdown, and Democrats are lining up to take a swing at their effort. The House leadership today proposed an alternative plan that would include extra changes to ObamaCare, including a two-year delay on the tax on medical devices, and the elimination of federal subsidies for members of Congress and White House staff, the AP reports. "We think we've enhanced it in a number of ways," Darrell Issa tells the Washington Post, though he refused to say what Republicans would do if Democrats balked.

  • And Democrats balked mightily. The White House quickly rejected the proposal as a "a partisan attempt to appease a small group of Tea Party Republicans," and insisted it would not pay a "ransom," the Hill reports. House Democratic leaders called the plan "irresponsible," and Harry Reid said it was a "waste of time" that "will not pass the Senate.
  • Even before Democrats spoke, Boehner seemed to be distancing himself from the reports, telling reporters that House leadership has made "no decisions about what exactly we will do." He added that "there are a lot of opinions" among his caucus.
  • The New York Times interpreted that as the House plan collapsing, and CNN reports that Boehner is "struggling" to find the votes for the proposal.
  • But Politico's story indicates that there's still fight left in House leadership, with sources saying that they're considering voting on their proposal, then hightailing it out of Washington, leaving the Senate with two choices: Pass the House bill, or let the country default.

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Oct 16, 2013 10:53 AM CDT
Good for them, play their little games like in Wisconsin when the dems went into hiding because they weren't getting their way!!! Obama is such an arrogant azz, he doesn't want to do the job he bought with union dollars. Negotiation is part of the process moron.
Oct 15, 2013 7:50 PM CDT
THIS NEW FORMAT SUCKS!!!! The republicans have been compromising and trying to work with the Demwits, but the Demwits won't work with them unless Repubs completely give in to Demwit extortion. A lot of Dems want a few things taken out of Obummercare, too, like the Medical Device tax, which includes such things as fishing poles, etc. Bitter old Hairy Reid and his dad Obobo the clown will not deal at all with anything the republicans come up with, unless it's complete surrender. The WH is stomping their foot, holding their breath and holding the country hostage.
Oct 15, 2013 6:22 PM CDT
How do you fix the mess created by Obama care and doubling down on the national debt by ONE president ? All Congress has to do is follow the example of the state of Wisconsin. In 2011 the mess created by democratic party policy and irresponsible labor unions had put the huge debt of 3.6 BILLION on the people of the state. The PEOPLE of Wisconsin decided to save their state. They had to do it twice, in a re-call election of Gov. Scott Walker, by defeating bussed in voters and agitators from other states. It is the same way we can save our country – get the people who are destroying it out of office ! How were the unions and destructive democratic leaders destroying the state of Wisconsin? They had established a corrupt & unsustainable welfare state. Gov. Walker won on the promise to get government under control and get rid of the debt. Now, just 2 years later, the debt has been replaced by a surplus of over 750 million dollars, according to the states government finance office. How could anyone NOT want that kind of reversal? Only if you are the ones sucking the money out of the system. The U.S. Congress needs to wake up and cut spending, repeal and/or defund the defective Obama care legislation and start paying off the national debt. It is ludicrous to think that 17 trillion dollars in debt, is somehow OK. To all those who will commit to that, God speed! All we hear from Obama, Reid, and Pelosi is that everyone else has solutions that are “reckless & dangerous” but they are “willing to negotiate” - Both are Lies. What is reckless and dangerous is the national debt and the outrageous absurdity of the entire Affordable Care Act. The best part of the ACA is its web site which is virtually non functional. All they can talk about is default on the debt which will not happen unless Obama usurps the authority of Congress and establishes himself as having the power that is reserved by the Constitution, only to the Congress.