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Congressional Republican leaders conceded defeat Wednesday in their budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law, agreeing to support a reopening of the government and a lifting of the nation's borrowing authority in exchange-->

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 2:39 pm
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Breaking News....

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republican leaders conceded defeat Wednesday in their budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law, agreeing to support a reopening of the government and a lifting of the nation’s borrowing authority in exchange for future budget negotiations.

Speaker John A. Boehner, the leader of conservative House Republicans whose push to strip money for the health law led to the shuttering of much of the government on Oct. 1, said that the House would not block a bipartisan agreement reached in the Senate that yielded virtually no concessions to the Republicans.

“We fought the good fight,” Mr. Boehner said in an interview with the radio station WLW-AM in Cincinnati. “We just didn’t win.”

In a statement issued as the Senate and the House prepared to vote on the proposal, Mr. Boehner said: “The fight will continue. But blocking the bipartisan agreement reached today by members of the Senate will not be a tactic for us.”

The decision came about 24 hours before the Treasury was due to exhaust its borrowing authority, putting the nation on the brink of a default. Mr. Boehner had earlier told colleagues privately that he would not allow the nation to default.

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill Wednesday evening, with final passage coming late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Under the agreement, the government would be funded through Jan. 15, and the debt ceiling would be raised until Feb. 7. The Senate will take up a separate motion to instruct House and Senate negotiators to reach accord by Dec. 13 on a long-term blueprint for tax and spending policies over the next decade.

Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, stressed that under the deal, which he negotiated with Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, budget cuts extracted in the 2011 fiscal showdown were not reversed, as some Democrats had wanted, a slim reed that not even he claimed as a significant victory.

The deal, Mr. McConnell said, “is far less than many of us hoped for, quite frankly, but far better than what some had sought.”

“It’s time for Republicans to unite behind other crucial goals,” he added.

Chastened Senate Republicans said they hoped the outcome would be a learning experience for lawmakers in the House and the Senate who shut down the government in hopes of gutting Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement, the Affordable Care Act. Instead of using the twin deadlines of an end to government funding and borrowing authority to address the drivers of the federal deficit, conservatives focused on a law they could never undo as long as Mr. Obama is president, several senators said.

“We took some bread crumbs and left an entire meal on the table,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina. “This has been a really bad two weeks for the Republican Party.”

Senator Richard Burr, Republican of North Carolina, took a swipe at Senators Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, and Mike Lee, Republican of Utah, as well as House members who linked further funding of the government to gutting the health care law, which is financed by its own designated revenues and spending cuts.

“Let’s just say sometimes learning what can’t be accomplished is an important long-term thing,” Mr. Burr said, “and hopefully for some of the members they’ve learned it’s impossible to defund mandatory programs by shutting down the federal government.”

But while Mr. Cruz conceded defeat, he did not express contrition.

“Unfortunately, the Washington establishment is failing to listen to the American people,” he said as he emerged from a meeting of Senate Republicans called to ratify the agreement.

Mr. Cruz promised not to use parliamentary tactics to block a final vote, raising hopes that the government will be opened and the debt ceiling will be lifted before Thursday, when the Treasury exhausts its borrowing authority.

“From our side, I don’t see any evidence of delay,” said Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky and a Cruz ally.

Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, said that Mr. Obama supported the compromise reached by the Senate leaders, and he urged lawmakers in both chambers to pass it quickly.

Mr. Carney said the agreement “achieves what’s necessary” to reopen the federal government after 16 days, and removes “the threat of economic brinksmanship” that raised the possibility of a government default.

“We leave parliamentary procedures to the Congress,” he said. “But we obviously hope that each house will be able to act swiftly. We are already on Day 16 of a wholly unnecessary shutdown of government.”

Annie Lowrey and Ashley Parker contributed reporting.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 3:45 pm
Obama should have been smacking them down like this all along. It's about time!I hope he's enjoyed it as much as I have.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 3:51 pm
Easy to call their bluff on this one. I knew the greedy b*stards would blink when their personal wealth was at risk.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:40 pm

Greed brought us here and sadly greed brought us out of this - too many Fat Cats were losing money on the shut down. I suggest that January and February threaten to be a replay.

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:53 pm
Obama should RIVET cost of the shutdown to the GOPs hides so no one ever forgets that they cost US taxpayers $24 Billion in under 2 weeks.

JL A (281)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 4:56 pm
Apparently 70% disagreement is what Cruz sees as a mandate--deeply disturbing. And the negotiations to come must cut the Pentagon, the F-35 and other wastes that cannot be audited before safety net is touched--the DEMs should have the stronger position for negotiations after this with the House disaster--important to have the public remember the recent stupidity and unpatriotic positions of that minority of the GOP that were willing to risk the country and the world so irresponsibly.

Kathy B (106)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:26 pm
"We fought the good fight" and "The fight will continue". These words are disturbing to me. Why should there have to be any fight? They should be doing the job they were elected to do, and I don't think they were elected to fight. I also don't think they're doing any kind of job.

At the risk of sounding like someone infamous "I want my country back".

Roseann d (178)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:36 pm
Well, I have my mantra for Carol and Diane O. Your party cost US Taxpayers $24 Billion in under 2 weeks. Let's make sure the GOP owns that.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:37 pm

True Roseann. Kathy I think that means they are ready to begin this again in January.

Kathy B (106)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 6:56 pm
Unfortunately, 'm sure you're right Kit, what do you suppose the angle against the ACA will be this time? (That's rhetorical, our minds don't work like that.)

Keith H (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:37 am

Glenn Byrnes (196)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:42 am

Past Member (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:47 am

Trina Hawkins (24)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:09 am
Noted ! About TIME ! JEEZE ,all this and for What ? All the Gop did was cause people to go without ! But they sure didn't ,now did they ? Fat Cats is right ! Now if they'd get Off their Fat Asses and get to Work there wouldn't be a problem ! The Only problem was ,they wanted their way ! Didn't get it either ! So Hahahahaha on them ! They should be Made to Repay the $$$ they got for Not doing their JOB ! MORONS !

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:16 am

Athena F (131)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:46 am
Thank you for posting this.

This is not the end. I hope people do not mistake this as being solved. I predicted this would last no more than a month because the holidays are coming up and they would need us to have our jobs back. They need us to purchase the yearly Halloween candy, Thanksgiving turkeys and Christmas/Hanukkah gifts to keep the economy from totally tanking. Now everyone is just so relieved to get a paycheck, they will want to celebrate and buy things.

They NEED us to consume or they die. Please remember this during the holidays and keep the pressure up on these people. If you do not wish to feed into this cycle by buying Halloween candy, or if you are going without much money and CAN'T AFFORD to give out candy, perhaps consider leaving a note on your door explaining you'd love to give out candy, but cannot afford to, complete with contact information to Congress. Yes, the kids will be disappointed, but if you couldn't afford it or weren't going to anyway, it could help get a point across and spread awareness.

If you want to give out candy, but just can't afford as much as you usually give out, maybe give each child one piece in a little bag with your local representative's phone number on it. Write that there would be more candy in the bag if they were doing their jobs.

Come February we may have to do this all over again if things do not change, and soon.

They have learned with this that they can do it whenever they want. At least until their term is up, or they are voted out, or SOMETHING happens. Please continue to call, write, visit, and remind them we are real human beings and they need to do the jobs they were voted in to do.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:31 am
Yes, $24 billion - and then they have the nerve to complain about spending. I just hope the people stay angry for the next election...

Kit B (276)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:53 am

Same song, second verse same as the first. Why was no one screaming bloody murder when Reagan, Bush, and Bush raised the debt ceiling? Why was just peachy keen to have two wars and not finance them? To be fair all president's must raise the debt ceiling and yet, when this president does so it's a criminal act.

There were 83 republican votes "AYE" in the House last night, people that all were clear they were ready to vote against a shut down from the beginning. Of course, the bill must first come to the floor for a vote. That was all Boehner had to do, was allow a vote, then shrug and say, as did any way, "We tried".

. (0)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 8:00 am
Second verse same as the first. Stayed tuned next week for the next instalment as Snidely Whiplash ties the nation up in global debtor's prison.

Craig Pittman (52)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 8:50 am
And more of this nonsense ahead in January and February. Yikes!

SuSanne P (193)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:02 am
TODAY these few words please me, as there will be more obstructionism to come...
"For hundreds of thousands of federal workers across the country furloughed from their jobs, the legislative deal meant an abrupt end to their forced vacation as the government comes back to life beginning Thursday."
Thank you Kit.

Kit B (276)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 10:11 am

Sadly, the electorate has a short memory and only the die hard right wingers show up to vote in off year elections. If that happens next year, we can expect even more of this.

Angelika R (143)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:02 am
I hope everyone signed the petitions to thank reid and to shame the GOP..!? (Harry Reid deserves our thanks
Shame on House Republicans )

I was glad to read yesterday that a bill was presented to a) enable the prez to raise debt ceiling without congressional approval and b) to take out the gov's own debts out of the debt total, in the current case that would have reduced the debt by almost 5 billion, bringing the actual debt to only 12 instead of 17 bn. That makes sense to me, debt that gov owes to itself should NOT be included there.

David C (133)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:24 am
still can't get over the Chris Van Hollen video that TomCat shared, but I loved this article, too.....even more important in an acute setting is PandaCam is back.....!

Kit B (276)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:29 am

Yep, Panda cam is back, parks are open, people have returned to work the bill that passed was a 100% loss for the republicans and a win for those who care about keeping things running in an orderly fashion. None of this had to happen, but then we all knew that.

P A (117)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:35 am
I agree with everyone else - they are going to do it again and again and again until voted out of office - this is their new way of trying to ensure that President Obama does nothing with his second term.

The Right Wing care absolutely nothing about all the millions of people they have worried greatly and put into debt with their nasty little tricks - they disgust me.

fly bird (26)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 12:01 pm
Thanks Kit. thanks Angelika.
Signed both petitions. I felt the whole time Harry Reid was invaluable and I gladly signed.
I was going to go to the White House website to thank Harry Reid for his steadfast and respectful work in the "negotiations". Still to do

Angelika R (143)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 1:05 pm
Kit " the bill that passed was a 100% loss for the republicans"-well, perhaps just some 90 some % for Mitch who was smart enough to secure almost 3 Bn for a dam in his own state included in the bill ;-)

Angelika R (143)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 2:12 pm
Anyone who has not received and already signed- just do it!
"Senator Cruz, you owe us $24 billion"

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:59 am
Thank you, Kit, the entire debacle hurt millions while the men in the bubble were strutting around the monument for photo ops to massage their egos and make a name for themselves. The insanity of it all is mind boggling. Some will stop at nothing to destroy Obama and the Affordable Care Act. While Cruz was responsible for this disaster, The entire party set out to destroy Obama when he won the election, and that beady-eyed Mitch is on tape talking about it. People need to remember that the entire party supports cutting funding for programs that help the most needy at a time when poverty rates have risen to a shocking high. They can't have souls or hearts to fight to take food out of the mouths of children. Consequently, I have no doubt we are in for more of the same in January.
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