GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
10 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
soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. Richp14

    Six weeks? That would be great, then they can shut it down again just in time for the Christmas holiday season. Geezz

    October 5, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    The Republicans seem to have forgotten one of the main reasons they lost the last two presidential elections. They are not in touch with the needs and wants of the majority of Americans. They continue to be the party of the fat, rich, old, white guys. They are too stubborn and arrogant and can't seem to get past their super-inflated egos to change direction. They are quickly becoming irrelevant.

    October 5, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. John Tater

    Republicans historically have put us in debt by continuing the unworkable formula of corporate welfare and No More Taxes. Some wiser Republican heads had better stand up to the Tea Party now or the GOP, already in its death throes, is done for.

    October 5, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  4. Whatever

    The ACA is law. Deal with it. Get back to work and DO your jobs.

    October 5, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Bman

    Boehner's head shrunken, hanging from Obama's belt. That is how this should end.

    October 5, 2013 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. superbole

    Americans are having a hard time supporting the Tea Party shutdown – Fox News polled 59% unfavorable rating for the GOP. You can say that Obama's no better off, but more people are upset that GOP has done so little to end a standoff that they created. In a way, I think the whole country is willing to dig in until it collapses under its own weight.

    October 5, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  7. Rural Observer

    Never corner a rat. Give Boehner a way out, the big cry baby.

    October 5, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Relictus

    I am against raising the debt ceiling unless there are across-the-board cuts to three programs: Defense, Medicare, Medicaid. We spend more on healthcare than any other nation, yet we get a lot less for our money. Our military spending is outrageous, too, but it is our #3 expense.

    October 5, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  9. GOP = anti-democracy

    umm, am i missing something here. Wasn't the clean CR that dems originally wanted only going to fund the gov for 6 weeks?

    October 5, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. Jetranger

    BULLITIN : I have Officially Relieved Obama of duties, he's no more the Pres. I Now run the country ! and there is no more Obamacare – end of story !!!

    October 5, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  11. Jonus Grumby

    Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations continue. Some crises.

    October 5, 2013 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Woman in CA

    The GOP is backing down as usual. I am fed up with both the GOP and Obama and the democrats. The problem with the govt is that we are 16 trillion dollars in debt. Our economy is going nowhere and being propped up by the federal reserve. Obamacare does not really address the problem of affordable healthcare. It is a windfall for insurance companies. People who qualify for the subsidies will find that their health insurance has high deductibles and unreasonable out of pocket expenses. Those unemployed or underemployed citizens making under 15000 $ a year are not even eligible for Obamacare subsidies and will be forced to sign up for Medicaid. Obama intends to address the debt and our failing economy by increasing the size of govt spending and admitting and increasing the size of his electorate base ( ie granting amnesty to 11 mil illegals. ) . Our economy is worse. People do not have jobs or are working part time jobs. Obama has not kept any of his campaign promises. When he wanted to bomb Syria that was the last starw. The GOP answer to Obama is to turn America into a Taliban born christian country that is pro businsess .. maybe my employment situaltion and the economy would improive but GOP proposals leave individual citizens with few social services and less civil liberties,. I am a pro choice non christian woman. I believe in gay marriage. I think both the Dems and the GOPS should be booted out of office. We need to start over in Wash. DC. Maybe a 3rd party with new ideas is the answer. I certainly will not vote for either main stream political party ever again. I don't know who I despise more .. Obama or Boehner. Both sides are reprehensible.

    October 5, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. Thinkergal

    Republicans may as well wave the white flag. They were never going to win this struggle, and wasted time. energy, and money in a hopeless cause.

    October 5, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. shan Navaratnam

    Shame Shame Shame on GOP

    October 5, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  15. Alpha Deus

    Wow..the GOP come up with an idea about kicking the can down the road...how tough of them...pathetic...this is all they can do..ok, we wont shoot this time but in 6 weeks we'll blackmail you again

    October 5, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  16. Robert Gertz

    What bull. They have insisted the only "fiscal issue" is the defunding of the ACA and if they can pass a 6 week extension, they can pass a clean CR and end this nonsense right now. ACA was passed, voters re-elected the President. No one shut the government down when they passed their outrageous tax cut ripoffs, now they can wait and see if they win enough votes in 2014 when the ACA has had a chance to work to repeal it. It sure looks like they don't believe that will happen. I say forget it and do the right thing and end this foolish tantrum damaging the nation right now.

    October 5, 2013 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. geejay

    If Ted Cruz and his accomplices are allowed to get away with this,what will they demand next? There are a lot of things they don't approve of. Are we going to become an " extortionocracy " ?

    October 5, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  18. tanker

    This 6-week plan is suicide.

    The Radicals in the Republican Party are killing the moderates with this foolishness.

    They are just trying to keep the crisis going rather than admit they don't have the votes to defund the President's health care law.

    They'd rather see the Nation, Government and Party suffer for another few weeks in the spot light.

    October 5, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  19. bugsy

    All of 'em suck. Some suck WAY more than others. But, no, do not delay. Take care of the budget now. Right now. Then immediately get started on the next fiasco, the debt ceiling (and it will be a fiasco because the GOP is counting on the fact that it sounds like we're spending more money, even though we are just paying our bills).

    October 5, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. DOG1

    If they pass this, in six weeks we'll be back to the GOP demanding the Democrats "negotiate". That's when the Democrats need to produce a bill to fund the government but ONLY if the it includes a ban on assault weapons, extended background checks for firearms, increase income tax by 27% for those earning over 500,000 dollars a year and end big oil subsidies, then refuse to pass it unless they get every one of those things, you know "NEGOTIATE" the way the Republicans do!

    October 5, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. davethefave

    Bwaaahaha! yeah, right. Let's just keep the government going for six weeks.
    No deal.
    The Republicans have painted themselves into a corner and can't figure a way out.
    I love watching them squirm.
    First they want to close down the government because they don't like a particular law. Then they want to turn the U.S. into a deadbeat nation by not allowing us to pay the bills we've already rung up. Pathetic.

    October 5, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  22. World Weary

    The overly selfish, Tea Party fringe extremists are ruining this country! How can children with pre-existing conditions now getting healthcare access be bad?! They seem to have a sick vendetta against children, first be wanting to cut back or defund food aid programs, and now dismantling or defunding Obamacare! Granted, the 'employer mandate', at 50 or more employees is a bad idea (should be 100 or more), but the rest of Obamacare is good. In fact, it has not gone far enough. I had hoped for a 'single payer' system!

    October 5, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. tanker

    The Republican Party needs to admit they don't have the votes and move on.

    The Radicals are killing the Party by creating crisis after crisis.

    October 5, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  24. romany stanton

    i say wait a couple more weeks, by then people will realize how utterly worthless most of the obamacare plans are with deductibles in the thousands and out of pockets expense to see a limited pool of doctors in the hundreds

    October 5, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. CanThinkForMySelf

    Maybe I'm naive, but I see this as a request by the Reps to end the fight and still save them face. And, although I'm currently a Dem, I think they truly deserve that. Not kidding myself that 6 weeks is going to end everything, but I think they should be allowed some time to "regroup". Maybe the result will be cooperation. Wonder why my friends nick-named me Pollyanna? I can only hope.

    October 5, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
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