GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension

(CNN) – One idea being considered to end the immediate fiscal impasse is a bill to fund the government and extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks, a senior Republican member of the House told CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger.

The congressman agreed to speak with CNN on the condition of anonymity.

The GOP lawmaker said a committee could then be set up to negotiate the fiscal issues dividing the two parties and negotiate a plan to keep the government funded for the rest of the year without the proverbial gun to their heads.

This idea of an extension being floated among Republicans would give everyone a temporary political reprieve. It would give them a way to reopen the government but bypass the issue of tying it to a change in Obamacare, as well as avert a crisis over whether to raise the nation's debt limit by Oct. 17 when the Treasury Department has said it will run out of money to pay its bills.

The House Republican told Borger it is "unfair" to promise conservatives in the country something Republicans in Congress just cannot deliver - the defunding of Obamacare.

How much support this type of short-gap measure will garner among Republicans is unclear.

How the White House and congressional Democrats will react is also uncertain, since they have said they would only enter into negotiations about the budget once funding to reopen the government is approved, and this measure would only be a short-term fix.


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soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. wyo_Larry

    That would allow them to make it hard on Americans during the holidays. If they ar going to do it make them do it now or give a temp plan until January.

    October 6, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  2. obawedon

    I love how those leaning right state that Obamacare is destroying our country and the program has not even begun yet. The only thing destroying our country currently is the Republican let House of Representatives and their inability to do the job they were elected to do. There are a lot more of us than Ted Cruz's district after all. The Republican Governors that decided not to be pro-active and didn't get their states ready for this program also hurt the people in their state who need healthcare the most. It is a shame. My state prepared and the health care cost is dropping, so I have to wonder about all these "The sky is falling" dire predictions. The programs Is Not Yet Up And Running people. I guess the lemmings of our society will continue to follow the Cruz party. Hopefully into nowhere come the next set of elections!

    October 6, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  3. Eugene in Seattle

    Plead with the Tea Party not to kill off Social Security and Medicare. We seniors are scared out of our minds.

    October 6, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  4. 2L

    My friend is still working – he works for APL, I guess they must be "essential".

    October 6, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. Mike Trottier

    I Will Never Vote For A Republican Again!

    October 6, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  6. Martha in CF

    I thought the last time that congress was going through this Boehner said he got 98% of what he wanted. And he says Obama won't compromise or negotiate. Boehner is a liar then........What about the sequester-this is what they wanted. It got implemented. The Tea Party should all be tried for treason–and Boehner too.....The redumblicans are sore losers and I can't wait for the 2014 elections.............

    October 6, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. watchfuliiiii

    The Tea party and Republicans are extortionists. Republicans serve thier corparate masters and the Tea partiers think they are helping themselves but they will be hurt the most when the economy tanks next month. Then they will complain and blame the president because thats what they do. Complain and blame. No solutions only complaints. These morons will argue with me that we should just leave people to die if they dont have medical insurance. So if your 19 and cant be on your parents policy and your in a car accident we just send you home with that compound fracture and let you die of an infection a few days later. Yeah that is a great plan. I wonder how they came up with it. must have thought about it for a long time. Oh maybe they want the rest of us to pay for the uninsured . Like thats fair. Obama hold your ground. if you give in to them they will do it everytime they lose on an issue. a minority is not supposed to have their say over the majority. sorry for the spelling

    October 6, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    This is absurd. There should be an enforceable law to stop this sort of hostage taking. Whatever Americans feel about the ACA, we don't want our nation self-destructing like this.

    October 6, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. SXZ2

    Gee, so this is pretty much the same exact thing we could have had a week ago, avoiding a government shutdown and in the process, making us look like clowns in the eyes of the rest of the world. I'm sure the next time the teatards get their thumbless mitts on the presidency and endeavor on another one of their "we're going to bomb a country to bring democracy to it" crusades of which they are so fond, the country in question will say "no thanks, we already have our own insane religious extremists, we don't need yours."

    October 6, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  10. sam barber

    a six-week budget? and do this all over again in six weeks? Hell, no! That's exactly what the GOP want...to do nothing but lurch from mini-crisis to mini-crisis.

    October 6, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  11. pyusmc66

    Judging from the above comments, it appears Americans are ready to eliminate the Tea Party. Better late than never. They will not stop this extortion behavior until they destroy our country.

    October 6, 2013 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  12. DemFromSC

    Typical Republican games. Six weeks is all they can agree on when the country's economic health is at stake. What a joke the GOP has become.

    October 6, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Steven Planck

    Democrats are pointing the finger at the Republicans. Republicans are pointing the finger at the Democrats. Americans are pointing the middle finger at both of them.

    Raising the debt ceiling solves nothing. Solve the real problem.

    October 6, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  14. WachetAuf

    tried to come up with something "pithy" to say and have now realized that Crux and Boehner are also trying hard to find something "pithy" to say to the American people. They do it often. They just keep "pithing" on themselves. The problem is that their "pith" splatters on all of us.

    October 6, 2013 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. nrbuckeye

    The Tea Party: Fighting "Socialism" through Fascism since 2008.

    October 6, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  16. areYouKiddingMe

    Then we can do this all again in six weeks? I don't think so. Stand your ground Mr President. Let's see if the GOP can survive wrecking the economy too. Boehner has allowed himself to become the stooge of the Tealiban.

    October 6, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
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