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. mickeygib

    The GOP is the rich man's party. They are for corporate welfare. The GOP supports tax breaks and loopholes for the 1%, They subscribe to trickle down economics which dictates that the tax code and other legislation will favor routing huge wealth to the 1% in the hope that they will create jobs for the peons. Experience has shown that trickle down does not work. The greedy 1% keep their treasure and live high off of it, while the common man suffers.

    October 5, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. steven dahl

    Meanwhile, while CNN distracts us, the Obama administration has started another war illegally today in Somalia. Read about it in a free press like BBC or The Guardian.

    October 5, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Another Voice

    Since the extremist voices of the Republican party (not all of us Republican agree with this nonsense!) have made it clear that they won't accept anything but completely getting their own way, I can't see how this 6 week extension would be more than a temporary measure.

    Each time the government shuts down, it costs millions of dollars and many wasted hours of manpower as people have to drop their normal duties to prepare for the shutdown, then more hours spent setting things up for normal operations. We have already wasted the money and manpower on the shutdown and will have to waste more again on the startup. Why should we do that twice so that the extremists can make themselves seem reasonable and gain political capital. This "offer" does not deserve consideration.

    October 5, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. mike

    The solution is a civil war.

    October 5, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Joe

    Some one please tell me that the Good Old Party (GOP) wiz, knew what was coming long before now, so why 6 weeks. These guys just don't get it...the rest of the world does the man in the corner does...

    October 5, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. Shipp101

    Now, we have 47% plus 800,000....

    October 5, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  7. TLORop

    6 weeks isn't long enough. Period. I don't think Boehner will allow it to come to a vote anyway.

    October 5, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  8. JHA

    dumb plan, no idea what GOP is doing! nor do they.

    October 5, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  9. dave

    In 6 weeks Obama could close down all highways, bridges, and seaports to feed his ego........forget the dems, they are history! Whenever a government goes against the standing military forces they lose!

    October 5, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  10. Kathie

    I could not have posted a previous statement as this is the first time I have used Facebook in years.

    October 5, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  11. soysucielo

    This congressman is certainly a brave soul. Agreed to speak on condition of anonymity. What a load of BS that is. Apparently the tea party has everyone in the republican party running scared. Maybe they should change the party name- lose republican entirely and just call it the Tea Party. As for a 6 week extension- How many weeks have they had already? A lot more than six, even accounting for all of the time off. And if memory serves, the last time this was tried we wound up with a deadlocked super committee and sequestration. Sounds like more political BS-' I'm trying to be reasonable, but if my party finds out who I am they'll clobber me."
    If this is our best and brightest we should hire a bunch of meth heads- they couldn't do any worse and would work a whole lot cheaper.

    October 5, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  12. Man in CA

    GOP – stop holding Obamacare hostage – you lost the elections. Get over it and start adding some meaningful arguments to the discussion. On the debt ceiling – don't forge that it was raised under Bush 7 (yes, seven!!) times without any conditions. Where were the tea-partiers then?

    October 5, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  13. Higgs Bowsun

    A good friend of mine always used to say: "Always give them hole to crawl out of." That's what the snakes that started this mess need right now, and this six-week "cooling-off" period is the hole they apparently want to be presented with. I think we need to think about that, given their disingenuous (at best) tactics up to this point, we should look really carefully at the ramifications of their offer and figure out how they are trying to screw the Democrats yet again. I wish Boehner were smarter than he is, because I would applaud him for stalling like he is, the idea being, the longer this goes on and the worse it gets, the estimation of the Tea Party will go through the floor, they will be disgraced, and he could then go on dealing with things in a more reasonable manner. This would be a Lyndon Johnson move, and I don't think Boehner is capable of that kind of strategy. Too bad. If that was the strategy, this would all be worth it, to get rid of these ignorant people with no imagination (I mean, if you think about it, even what they call themselves lacks imagination and historical accuracy. It's some kind of generalization that means something angry and is connected in some way to the Revolution. But if you think it through, it makes no sense at all. How can you have a movement if the thing you base your movement on has nothing to do with what you think you are fighting for? If the original American Patriots were this stupid, we'd still be British.)

    October 5, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  14. Gwiz

    i think we should lock em in a room together all of them and tell them they cant come out till theres a budget. these morons havent passed a budget since 2009 its all CR talk about ridiculous. all because of 30 tea party members reminds me of the libertarian movement only less significant. i did some research never has such as small group of politicians ever been considered a threat. most of the time there swept under the rug and the ridiculous crap they say like i can see canada from my backyard or michelle bachman not knowing who the original colonies or the revolutionary minutemen. we need to clean house. anybody who supports a government shutdown should be dragged before a non partisan oversight committtee elected by the public and have these hostage takers thrown out and barred from running. but that would be smart

    October 5, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  15. isolate

    Someone should sit the Republicans down and explain to them in one-syllable words that they were voted into office to represent ALL the citizens of their respective states, not just the lunatic fringe. What they've promised to the wingnuts has nothing to do with the functioning of the United States government. Americans put Barack Obama into office twice to serve the best interests of ALL the people, which is what he's been trying to do despite all the obstructions Republicans have thrown in his way out of sheer perversity.

    October 5, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  16. loudmusic

    .....so we can do this all over again in 6 weeks? Really? Who's kiddin' who? Time for the GOP to fold their tent and take one for the team. They lost this round. Try again in 2014, fellas..and best of luck to ya.

    October 5, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. DAJ

    Most of these comments amaze me....I have no idea where you people get your political hate and animosity and that you clearly believe it to be accurate is to your detriment as a person. The GOP hate here is unjustified. The GOP is trying to prevent the financial failure of this government. I realize it doesn't appear so right now because of the media namecalling and finger-pointing. Let me ask all of the democrats here...and this is an honest question. What is the solution? If you can have or do whatever you want, how in the world would you solve the financial downfall of this country? Lets just say you keep the beloved obamacare and set a new debt ceiling...then what? When our deficit reaches 20 trillion and we cant even pay the interest on our debts, let alone the principle, what do we do??? And if you say we TAX the "rich" and take their money to fix it, please come up with a better answer because that will NEVER EVER be enough money. So please show me the genius of democrat financial strategy of how to solve the financial problems....

    October 5, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  18. vikingnation

    The banks and big business must be getting to brother John. The Republician party left me home this week. I've left them. Switched my party affiliation to Independent/unaffiliated at the motor vehicle administration. Any other Republicans want to sent the same message?

    October 5, 2013 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. fastrack1

    All this to-do about ACA/Obamacare, and in the meantime it's going forward and gaining fans. And the way-right wingers are searching everywhere for a way to "get something out of this". When you lose face, the honorable thing to do is commit Hari-Kiri...looks like they're sharpening their own swords.

    October 5, 2013 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. fekt

    No. They don't need six more weeks. Do your damned jobs or we'll get someone who can. Actually, we plan on it anyway. You've had all the time in the world. This didn't just appear out of nowhere. You just want to whine about budgets and Obamacare through the primaries for the midterms. Get off your butts and do what you're paid for.

    October 5, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  21. ug

    The libs will say no...they don't care and they want to see grandma thrown over the cliff...trust me...the libs are the part of no...

    October 5, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. herewegoagain

    If you want an A la cart government vote for the guys who think the planet is only 8000 years old and think rape can get shut down, who make all the decisions for womens rights, gays will be the new jews as it happened in 1939, you wont be able to make negative comments on communication, questions from the press will be prepared. vote far right! If you want a government at 80% of today all new fed employees with 401k's and women making decisions on their health vote moderate dem or a rhino repub.

    October 5, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  23. 150% of GDP in 5 years

    yay

    October 5, 2013 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  24. MennoKnight

    Fifty years ago this year Canada introduced universal health care. It was introduced by (gasp) evangelical born again Christians as their chief cause for bringing social justice to the poor and the oppressed.
    The architect behind this was a man named Tommy Douglas, a baptist preacher. His assistants were Mennonites, Anglican, and Catholic.
    A few years ago Tommy Douglas was voted the Greatest Canadian in History.

    Evangelicals in Canada and England have been the biggest pushers for social justice in their countries and some how Evangelicals are doing the exact opposite in America.

    As one born again Christians to another, stop and look at the rest of the world's evangelicals and follow our lead in this area.

    October 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  25. Dan

    Hold firm Democrats. It appears we are almost there. What the "republicans" are floating is what the democrats have had on the table since last weekend – only now it also includes taking a threat of not-raising the debt ceiling off the table. So the dems get a 2-fer.!!

    October 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
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