GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year 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. Data Driven

    Nope! Think we'll shine on that, brah.

    We can "fund the government" right now if John Boehner would only allow the vote for the Senate-approved CR to come to the floor of the House of the Representatives.

    October 5, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  2. Tigas

    "The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the US Government can not pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that "the buck stops here." Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."
    Barack Hussien Obama

    Where is the unemployment rate report?
    Where are the ObamaCare sign up stats?

    October 5, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Tell us something we didn't already know, was going to happen.

    October 5, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if this anonymous republican source told Boehner. It appears that John is clueless.

    October 5, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Gregory M. Newbold

    This is a gimmick which DOES NOT end the impasse.

    A 6 week period SHOULD be sufficient to conclude budget negotiations and send the President of the United States, Mr. Barack Obama, a joint House Senate budget for him to consider signing or vetoing. But, if the Republicans insist on a "my way or the highway" approach with the Democrats in the Senate, the 6 weeks won't be enough. Further, setting a 6 week duration is only meaningful to drive the process to conclusion. If the two parties fail to agree and get something to Obama, we'll be RIGHT BACK WHERE WE ARE TODAY with a continuing resolution being required and the GOP would be forced to do it.

    A 6 week extension of the DEBT CEILING LIMIT is completely meaningless. The underlying principle is that the US will pay its bills and doing so is not a favor to the Democrats or the President. So what happens after 6 weeks in this GOP scenario? They get to make a whole bunch of irresponsible noise again? They get to introduce uncertainty into world capital and equity markets again? Aren't they the ones always saying businesses want certainty before they will create jobs? I fear they thin that mentioning 6 weeks conveys that they are somehow putting limits on the President which they are not. This is almost like saying the shutdown would stop Obamacare.

    I'd like to see a list of the various expenses AND WHEN THEY WERE INCURRED that this debt ceiling increase covers. That would show the public that the 2013 increase is partially being used to cover MV-22 tilt rotors for the Marines ordered under George (HW) Bush.Maybe that would put an end to this farce that Obama is spending the money.

    October 5, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Too bad the right wing nut jobs have to destroy so many lives unnecessarily to show they are merely low life hostage takers. Shouda, couda passed the senate resolution and fewer people would hate the GOP.

    October 5, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  7. 333maxwell

    Floated it in beer or their salty tears maybe.

    Speaker Bohener, at least put up a clean CR to the floor so your OWN party can vote on it. My goodness. At a time of economic recovery, this is beyond criminally negligent and bordering on treasonous at this point.

    Congress has a fiduciary and judicial obligation to pay the bills for the laws they have passed, it is really quite simple.

    Stop the d@mn games

    October 5, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. George

    How short sighted can you get......Thinking the Tea Party belongs to radical Islam trying to take down our country

    October 5, 2013 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Uh, no, I am sick of this "stopgap crap", the GOP must not be rewarded/encouraged in any manner for holding the American public hostage!

    They need to be broken of these political games that they joyfully invoke to the detriment of this great country!

    October 5, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. GOP = Greed Over People

    P.S. The GOP lost in 2012, keep up this screaming and kicking at the adults in Congress, and you may NEVER win a national office again!

    October 5, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    Stupid proposal that makes the United States a "laughing stock" in the world community. Kicking the can down the road will result in the same old bullying and black mailing tactics used by the Tea Party.

    October 5, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  12. Woman In California

    I hope they know what they can do with their "six weeks". We need sensible people in OUR government who respect the laws, pay the bills they create and work for the good of the American people. Not a mob of angry, disrespectful lunatics who want to take their country back.
    We have got to do better than this.

    October 5, 2013 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. Tony in Maine

    Oh yeah. This was soooo much fun. Let's do it all over again in 6 weeks. And if the Presiodent says no, we can claim he's being mean...

    It is time to fold 'em, you idiots. If you can't bring yourselves to do what you're paid to do, resign, write a book and go on Faux Gnus as bobblehead.

    October 5, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  14. The Contentious Otter

    Using threat of financial default to oppose a single piece of legislation a political party dislikes is unprecedented in American history. The GOP owns this shutdown. All Boehner had to do was tell the extremists in his party to cool their heels and to work with moderates to keep the government running. He failed to do that and now the nation is on the verge of a financial default because of Tea Party extremists.

    October 5, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Kieran

    There are two fundamental reasons why Obama can't cave to the Republicans on either the shutdown or the debt ceiling:

    1. If he rewards them for doing it this time, they'll ask for even more next time.
    2. It will become an accepted practice. Future Houses will do it to future presidents, and we will all experience periodic government shutdowns for the rest of our lives, long after Obama is out of office.

    October 5, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  16. pchelp, Juneau, AK

    So the GOP will give us *another* shutdown for Thanksgiving? And just why would we give Thanks for that?

    October 5, 2013 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    We don't need al quaida we have our own home grown terrorists and the Canadian bin laden.

    October 5, 2013 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. JC

    The unemployment rate reduction from 7.2% from 8.6% does not tell the true story. Many unemployed dropped from the work force stopped looking for jobs and many accepted jobs for minimum wages, more than two third less of what they used to earn. Continuing going into debt and with no real job creation it is a sure way for bankruptcy, it is not a business bubble, it is government one.

    October 5, 2013 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. budkin

    They might as well just get it over with and cave. They have nowhere to go.

    October 5, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  20. Tom

    Well it's interesting how the Republicans have gone from "repeal Obamacare or else" to "maybe we could form a committee." I think it shows how utterly disastrous this whole episode has been for the Republican party. I hope Obama rejects this offer. We can't go on funding the government a couple weeks at a time. Does anyone really think there will be a significant breakthrough in the next six weeks? All this plan would do is defer the threat of default so we can have this same fight in a few more weeks. Obama and the Democrats are in a relatively (compared to the Republicans) strong position right now and they should leverage that strength to get a deal that will fund the government long enough to allow the economy to grow. The perpetual uncertainty of the next fiscal cliff is stagnating economic and jobs growth.

    October 5, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  21. Midiman

    No 6-week deals. The bill they can't agree on is already a "temporary" spending/funding plan. Do your jobs or go home. I don't want to revisit this very major issue every week...

    October 5, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  22. Joe

    Well here we go again...the Repubs just making poop up as they go! Oh my my these turds need to get flushed!

    October 5, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Pratt

    NO NO NO NO NO NO This doesn't solve anything and just forces the Democrats to vote NO to it. The GOP refuses to solve problems, they're only interested in how it looks politically.

    October 5, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  24. Strangways

    wow... they're "considering" a six week plan... SIX WEEKS. I thought the government was supposed to run 52 weeks a year. VOTE THE TEA PARTY OUT IN 2014 – FOR THE GOOD OF THIS COUNTRY.

    October 5, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. jonjojr

    these GOPs are buckling. smh

    October 5, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
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