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Republicans Call On Boehner To Pass Clean CR

Oct 7, 2013


 Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):

"To be absolutely clear, we are going to accept nothing that relates to Obamacare." [Press Conference, 9/27/13]

DPCC Chairman Chuck Schumer (D-NY):

"So, Speaker Boehner, put our bill on the floor. Stand aside, let members vote their conscience, and the government will stay open Tuesday morning, because we are confident there are more than enough votes to pass the Senate bill." [Press Conference, 9/27/13]


Deputy Whip Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK): "Keith Merckx, a reporter for Radio Oklahoma, provided HuffPost with an audio file from an Oct. 1 interview he did with Cole, in which the congressman said, 'Let's pass what's called a clean continuing resolution. I'll certainly support that if it's put on the floor.'" [Huffington Post/Radio Oklahoma, 10/7/2013]

Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA): "I will continue to vote for any legislation that keeps the federal government open." [Press Release, 10/4/13]

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL): [Washington Post, 10/7/13]

Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR): "Sure. I've already said I would support" a clean CR. [Official Twitter, 10/3/13]

Rep. Richard Hannah (R-NY):"I would take a clean (continuing resolution)," he said. [Utica Observer-Dispatch, 9/30/13]

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL): "I think we're beyond that," he said, though he indicated he would vote for one now, provided it had the same level of spending reductions. [Miami Herald, 10/2/13]

Rep. Bill Young (R-FL): Young said he would support a "clean" stop-gap spending bill, one that does not defund or delay Obamacare, so that budget conferees could begin working on larger issues. Young said he told Speaker John Boehner, "let's get on to legislating." [Tampa Bay Times, 10/2/13]

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID): "I'd vote for a clean CR, bc I don't thnk ths is a strategy tht works." [CQ-Roll Call, 10/2/13]

Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-PA): "If a bill comes to the floor to accomplish that goal, I will vote for it." [Press Release, 10/2/13]

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ): Lance's chief of staff confirmed to The Huffington Post that he told a constituent on Wednesday that Lance has voted for clean government funding bills in the past "and would not oppose doing so again should one be brought to the floor." [Huffington Post, 10/2/13]

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ): Rep. Frank LoBiondo, R-2nd, called the situation "unacceptable" and told The Press of Atlantic City that he was in favor of "whatever gets a successful conclusion to this" - and a "clean" continuing resolution, which does not include postponement of the Affordable Care Act, "is one of those options." [The Press of Atlantic City, 10/1/13]

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA): The two [Rigell and Forbes] said they favor passing a six-week budget - known as a continuing resolution - that already passed muster in the Senate. [The Virginian-Pilot, 10/2/13]

Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA): Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.): A constituent of Wittman's sent The Huffington Post an email she got from the congressman indicating he would vote for a clean funding bill but hasn't had "an opportunity to do so at this point." [Huffington Post, 10/1/13]

Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN): BREAKING: @RepErikPaulsen (R-MN) tells me he's willing to break w/ GOP leadership & vote for clean resolution if given chance. #shutdown [KARE11 NBC News MN, 10/1/13]

Rep. Pat Meehan (R-PA): "At this point, I believe it's time for the House to vote for a clean, short-term funding bill to bring the Senate to the table and negotiate a responsible compromise." [Press Release, 10/1/13]

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA): "Republicans fought the good fight. The fight continues but is not advanced by a government shutdown that damages our economy and harms our military. The time has come to pass a clean CR to reopen the government." [Press Release, 10/1/13]

Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA): Rep. Lou Barletta, R-11th District, did not stand with Dent but said he would "absolutely" vote for a clean bill to avert a government shutdown. [Bethlehem Morning Call, 9/30/13]

Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA): "I'm prepared to vote for a clean CR." [Huffington Post, 9/29/13]

Rep. Peter King (R-NY): Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.) tells National Review Online that he thinks House Republicans would like to avoid an impending government shutdown and that he won't vote for anything other than a clean CR. [NRO, 9/30/13]

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA):  Wolf agrees with Rigell, a Wolf aide told The Hill. In a statement on the House floor Tuesday, Wolf said, "This is bad for America. It is bad for America. Enough is enough. It's time to be leaders. It's time to govern. Open up the government." [The Hill, 10/1/13]

Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA): A Fitzpatrick aide said the Pennsylvania Republican would support a clean CR. [The Hill, 10/1/13]

Rep. John Runyan (R-NJ): "Enough is enough. Put a clean (continuing resolution) on the floor and let's gets on with the business we were sent to do." [Burlington County Times, 10/1/13]

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY): [The Hill, 10/1/13]

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA): [Huffington Post, 9/30/13]


Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA): "It Would Pass With a Strong Bipartisan Vote"

"I believe most House Republican members would be okay with John Boehner if he were to decide to allow a vote." If he did, Dent continued, "it would pass with a strong bipartisan vote." [Washington Post, 9/30/13]

House Republican Deputy Whip Tom Cole (R-OK): House Could Pass a Clean CR:

TODD: Correct me if I'm wrong; you put a clean budget funding bill through November 15 or December 15, pick your number, and it probably passes with a fairly strong majority in the House if it were just put on the floor. Is that your read? You count votes.

COLE: I think that yeah. I think that's actually a fair read. [MSNBC, 9/30/13]

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID): "I Think There's Enough People in the Republican Party Who Are Willing To" Pass A Clean CR:

MYERS: So what's the endgame, though, Congressman? Are you willing to vote for-- a continued resolution that comes back that does not delay or de-fund Obamacare?

LABRADOR: I am not. But I think there's enough people in the Republican Party who are willing to do that. And I think that's what you're going to see. [NBC Meet the Press, 9/29/13]

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA): "We're Pretty Much Out of Options At This Point":

"We're pretty much out of options at this point,'' said Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), criticizing the faction of the party most unwilling to compromise. [WSJ, 9/30/13]

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): Linking Obamacare to CR "A Strategy That Cannot Possibly Work":

"What is abundantly clear is that the American people do not want dysfunction in Washington to lead to another government shutdown. A shutdown will only further damage our struggling economy and reverse an already slow climb out of recession. I voted against Obamacare and have repeatedly voted to repeal, reform, and replace it, but I disagree with the strategy of linking Obamacare with the continuing functioning of government-a strategy that cannot possibly work." [Press Release, 9/30/13]

It's time for Speaker Boehner bring up a clean CR for a vote or face a Republican government shutdown.