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.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House • House Republicans • national debt
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  1. Greg

    Morons. So we have a six week extension and then what? We do this crap all over again. The coward Boehner needs to grow a set and put the teabaggers in their place. This was created by the Republicans a long time ago. When they gerrymandered districts creating save zones for teabaggers. These extremist in certain districts know no matter what they do they wont lose their job because their districts are populated by moron extremist like themselves. The suicide of the Republican party is their own doing. They received fewer votes for the House, the Senate and President once again. Yet every time they lose they think it's because they weren't extreme enough. In the not so far distant future the two parties will be Democrats and Teabaggers. Democrats will hold 70% of government. The groinless Boehner and the state parties will have only themselves to blame.

    October 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. Chuck Morton

    What, they didn't have time to negotiate BEFORE the government shutdown!? What a bunch of clowns these Repugs are.

    October 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Lee Sterne

    The only sensible thing I can find for Boehner to do is to issue a statement like this:
    "we have decided to put the welfare of the country first, and therefore we are going to allow votes on both a clean fund the government motion and for increasing the debt ceiling."
    It may or may not repair the damage the Republican Party has inflicted upon itself, but it can't hurt.

    October 5, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  4. Fish

    Counter offer 1 year spending with debt limit extension to 20T, final increase on debt limit spending plan. forever, new budget mandatory NLT Oct. 30!!!

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

    The GOP is out of touch and has been out of touch for a long time. The only thing that keeps them in power is the amount of misinformed voters combined with voters that think voting that party means they identify more with the 1% while they drown in debt trying to keep up with the Joneses.

    October 5, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. Tim Jordan

    Here's a haiku:

    Kooks Crash Economy

    Tea Party Rots Like Fall Leaves

    GOP Is Done

    October 5, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  7. matt

    I doubt it will do any good. King Obama doesn't negotiate.

    October 5, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. NameLindaHardge

    Pass a clean cut spending bill and stop bowing down to Tea Party rhetoric especially from a wet behind the ears new senator Ted Cruz. GOP stop before you send this country into a a more serious recession than the one we just came thru!

    October 5, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. Nokoma

    We voted for this, now stop crying over it..........

    October 5, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. David

    But a band aid on so we can do this again in six weeks? What a bunch of incompetent losers!

    October 5, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  11. Renee Marie Jones

    Six more weeks of recriminations, after which the Republicans do this entire thing all over again! Egad!

    October 5, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  12. LCB

    Where's JESSIE VENTURA? now that the wrestling match is still mired in impasse?

    October 5, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. elucidated1

    Data Driven is right. If Boehner would bring this to a vote with a clean CR, this would be a done deal.

    October 5, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  14. Jim37015

    Obama has raised the National Debt almost 8 Trillion dollars in 5 years. Bush Jr. wasn't that good of a President and he increased it by only 4 Trillion when he left office. The moment Bush Jr. walked out of the Whitehouse gas started going up along with everything else. I bet Bush Jr. is saying "d#mn, it was close but now I'm not the worst...and I like tacos" This has been by far the worst 5 years I've ever had. I think this economy and the condition of this country right now speaks for the leadership under Obama.

    October 5, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  15. Dase

    Opening the government without funding the full government takes the gun away from our head but risks making a repeating trend of placing the gun to our heads when negotiations fall through. That is not going to make us look any better opening and shutting down. All to toy with default as a political device.

    October 5, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  16. don in albuquerque

    Time to send the GOTP into the sands of time. We defeated fascism in WWII, now it seems we have to fight it again within our own government.

    October 5, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  17. Mike

    Haha, the kool-aid is strong with this group of posters.

    October 5, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Debra wharton

    If the goverment funds obama care it raise more debt. Because the people cant affort insurance will receive funds from the feds. So it will raise the debt ceiling either way.

    October 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    gop should all arrested ans charge3d with high treason

    October 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Donkey

    So the Republicans are about to cave. Why don't you just say that to begin with? And why have they wasted all of our time if they are just going to back down after few days of government shutdown. Pathetic.

    October 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  21. Joanna

    Congressman Grayson says the republicans have the stupid vote locked up. I agree with him and the rest of the republicans are just evil. They are going to destroy this country.

    October 5, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. Liz

    The republican party simply needs to tell the Tea Party to create their own party and to get out of their house. Ever since the Radicial tea party got so heavy handed the republicans have looked like nothing but snivling right wing nuts and it didn't used to be that way. It should of never been allowed to get that far.

    October 5, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Dase

    They will not default, but there is no way Obama will sign his life work into a partisan comity.

    October 5, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    This has some merits except six weeks is definitely not acceptable. It is going to take more time than that to even get over the effects of this shutdown and after all the vicious rhetoric that is not enough time for cooler heads to prevail. Perhaps extending the CR and debt ceiling for four to six months under the promise that both sides will pass budgets, conference together and pass a meaningful budget would make sense. However who is counting on Cruz and his followers to do something that makes sense?

    October 5, 2013 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  25. WakeUpCall

    GOP has screwed all but rich America for decades. Thepproof is in the pudding. If you're not rich, and you're for theGOP, shake of the brainwashing. If you happen to be wealthy , and are for the GOP, quit being a selfish, ignorant fool, and start realizing that your politics are NOT sustainable. Put your big boy pants on and grow up.

    October 5, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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