No Shutdown? We've Heard That Before

Before we move on from Shutdown Watch 2014, recall the last time House Republicans said this wouldn't happen.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, listens during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, listens during a news conference after a House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It looks like House Speaker John Boehner has come up with a plan to avoid a government shutdown, like the one that roiled politics in October 2013, in time to beat this year's Dec. 11 deadline. Before we move on from Shutdown Watch 2014, recall the last time House Republicans said this wouldn't happen.

Representative John Fleming

Dec. 2, 2014: “There’s no danger of shutdown.”

Sept. 19, 2013: “There is not an issue about shutting government down.”

Representative Adam Kinzinger

Dec. 2, 2014: “We are not going to shut down the government again.”

Aug. 15, 2013: “Potentially there will be a collapse of will to keep the government shut down because soldiers are not getting paid, and all this other stuff’s happening, and we turn around and lose 10-20 seats in 2014.”

Majority Whip Steve Scalise

July 27, 2014: “We’re going to keep the government running at current levels.”

Sept. 15, 2013: “There are a lot of tools in our tool chest, whether it's the CR or the debt ceiling. There's no one way to get this done. We are not married to one plan.”

Representative Raúl Labrador

Dec. 2, 2014: “I don’t think anybody is thinking about a shutdown, but, in negotiations, you never take anything off the table.”

Sept. 29, 2013: “I don't want to shut down the government.”

Speaker John Boehner

Nov. 13, 2014: “Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his own oath of office and violating the Constitution. It's not to shut down the government.”

Sept. 18, 2013: “There should be no conversation about shutting the government down. That's not the goal here. Our goal here is to cut spending and to protect the American people from Obamacare.”

Representative Ted Yoho

Unlike everyone else on this list, Yoho's promise of no government shutdown holds some weight—last year he compared the shutdown to a civil rights movement. 

Dec. 2, 2014: “There's no threat of a government shutdown.”

Sept. 19, 2013: “It only takes one with passion—look at Rosa Parks, Lech Walesa, Martin Luther King ... People with passion that speak up, they’ll have people follow them because they believe the same way, and smart leadership listens to that.” 

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