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. John

    How much dumber can the gopers get? Bonehead needs to go.

    October 5, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. A Real American

    Tell the cry baby Harry Reid to man up and start negotiating. Nobody wants Obamacare anyway so just defund the thing so America can move on and start growing again.

    October 5, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. Sigh!

    One lesson is obvious. The president enjoys and revels in stirring up trouble. We all have to listen to his impromptu speeches from the Rose Garden with are typical preacher "Fire and Brimstone" talks meant to stir anger and high emotions. The talks all use derogatory terms describing any opposing view points and spew hatred for the different view. Typical tactics of a "Street Thug" from Chicago. The concessions are really minor and in no way undermine the overall implementation of the Affordable Care Act. At least, I haven't heard any reason form the president or Harry Reid, Obama's puppet.

    October 5, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. Canuck

    @Otter
    Very well said – this is akin to a coup Why is this so hard for Americans to understand?

    October 5, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. steveeyes

    Who put the Republican House in charge. They need to get their ego out of their butt and know that they are only 1/3 of the Got. The Dems own the other 2/3. I'm tired of Repubs acting like they are the show and what they say goes.

    October 5, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Kathy

    Every single time a new budget is about to expire, no one it seems works on this major problem from the last expiration, it's an ongoing joke, at the tax payers expense. Both sides don't want to do what's best for the people of the US. They allow us to think they do, actions speaks louder than words, and so far, "Action" is eliminated, and more talks which are just the same old empty nonsense. Including the President. He's not exempt. It's easy to point fingers and blame the democrats vs the republicans. If both would stop this "Ego" trip thing of who has the most power, and think about what the people of this nation did to elect these idiots into office, who come up empty for the people but fill their pockets with money (their paycheck) they don't deserve, why, because non of them earned it. We account for every penny we spend, does our government? NO! NEVER! The Audacity of our government, to keep adding their wreckless decisions and spending on the Tax Payers. HOW DARE! All of the Cowards who talk about giving up their pay checks, but don't have the guts to do it. Stop Talking and Own Up to your Failures, and make it right, that's your job, and so far for decades wev'e been going in the gutter because of the governments excessive spending, and useless programs that put us into poverty. Can't run the nation GET OUT!

    October 5, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. Moses

    Why? Just to have the whole process repeat in 6 weeks. I think it's time to burn another bush.

    October 5, 2013 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  8. Bob

    Hey GOP how a bout the 6 second plan – let YOUR entire house vote.

    October 5, 2013 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  9. Americans deserve better than Barack Obama.

    "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 Hussein Obama

    October 5, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. 'Cest la vie

    This is the same kinds of deals the Democrat House gave Carter, and makes sense to allow negotiations. And those that want to pretend this is unprecedented, the Govt. was shutdown by Dems under Reagan because they wanted the Fairness Doctrine law funded. This is nothing new, and those who say otherwise are sadly misinformed or born yesterday. They want to trumpet their hash and puff it up with hysterics, a common ploy by the uneducated left.

    October 5, 2013 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  11. Jubei

    It's pretty much a given that the GOP/Republicans have really ruined their reputation with the people. Next election its going to be a massive cleaning out of Republicans.

    October 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  12. Been There Done That

    This is just what the husband (who was drunk as skunk) was saying to his wife, right after he painted himself into the corner of their living room right over that nice hardwood floor.

    October 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  13. Bhawk1

    Failure of the Conservative Economic Philosophy of Andrew Mellon–it failed in the 1920's and it fails now. The Cons cannot ignore the changes in the world and the people of the country are starting to see that they may not be the direct recipient of money that is funneled through the Federal Government but their money gets to them second or third hand. The second tier people are beginning to see what money they live on and the some of the third tier are seeing now. One may not like the evolution of the economic circular flow system but its what we live by for now. The Federal Government is the engine of this system and no matter what they say it doesn't change anything. Debt is a commodity to be bought and sold, all retirement and invest funds depend on Federal Debt being sold and if they destroy it the 29 Depression becomes a recession.

    October 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  14. oneWayfarer

    I CALL your six weeks and RAISE you SIX MONTHS

    October 5, 2013 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. sally

    We don't want to go through this every six weeks. Just fund the government and quit the insanity!!!!!

    October 5, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  16. Vans

    Defunding Obamacare is an extremely bad idea. The politicians pushing this are either ignorant or extremely greedy. The reason people don't like obamacare is because you are forced to take health insurance. Defunding it will not remove the requirement that every citizen must have health insurance. So now everyone must have health insurance or be fined and this bill has no financial backing. So what happens? Well the price of health insurance for the middle class and wealthy sky rockets. OR insurance companies go belly up because they will no longer be able to afford the funding of the government required statue. Whether you like Obamacare or not, this is just dumb dumb dumb.

    October 5, 2013 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  17. Cooler

    Vote Tea Party OUT in 2014!

    October 5, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  18. hmmm

    ooooh look how dark it is over the Capital

    October 5, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  19. Christi Fye

    Trying to negotiate with the Teaparty is like trying to negotiate with Iran. They are determined to undermine the United States government. Why traditional and conservative republicans cannot bring them under control within the walls of congress is a mystery. Like others, I believe they are committing treason and care not one bit for the american people. John Boehner must take control of the house and stop the madness. A 6 week window to address our nations debt is ludicrous and shows just how out of touch the republican party is.

    October 5, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. navaJohn

    No negotiations. Pass the damn budget and debt bill. Period!

    October 5, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  21. sage

    I guess john mccain decided he likes the "wacko birds" after all ...

    October 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  22. Rosa

    We can do this again in 6 weeks if you want. GOP is only going to look worse and worse every time.

    October 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Dougie

    All it does is postpone the debate for another six weeks and what makes anyone think they could get it done then. The Republicans are loosing the public opinion battle and they are looking for a way out of this mess.

    October 5, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Isn't this the same philosophy that got us to the sequester?

    October 5, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  25. how about no

    Nope, keep it shut down until Obama care goes away for a year. THEN we will talk more after that.

    October 5, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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