GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
7 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 (667 Responses)
  1. the tech man

    How is the GOP holding this country hostage? By trying to have a serious conversation about spending? The "affordable" care act is going to break this country. Obama has been just as if not more reckless in his spending than GWB. We need people in office who can make tough decisions to cut spending and repay our national debt. We don't need the affordable care act, we need more American's to be hungry, to want to go out and get a good job, and the healthcare benefits that come with it. Instead we're going to dilute that and make it crap for everybody. Way to go.

    October 5, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. April

    How long are the republicans congress going to hold Americans hostage? They want to approve a piece by piece, and have the same crisis in a couple of weeks. They just insured they will lose the presidency in 2016.

    October 5, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. clarinet

    As fast as the Republican party is sinking it's no wonder they're trying to float something.

    October 5, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  4. bob

    6 (six) months and you have a deal.

    October 5, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. jrm03063

    How's this for a plan – national governance is obviously beyond the GOP as it is currently composed. Compromise is essential to Democracy – and if you can't – you don't belong in Washington. So grow up – or get out of the way.

    October 5, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. rmmora159

    Feeling the pain, uh? Republicans will remember this year as the one when they committed political suicide.

    October 5, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  7. Andrew

    Republicans are insane. I've come to the conclusion that they may be jealous of al Qaeda and the space they get in the news. This would explain their constant manufactured crises, one assault on the American people after another.

    October 5, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. tmc

    So, until AFTER the election? PATHETIC, NONE OF THEM should keep their jobs!!

    October 5, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Jason

    Obama is a complete failure – doesn't know how to lead. This mess is his fault.

    October 5, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  10. MARIANNE

    Do the leaders of this country have ANY idea how much this unnecessary shut down is costing the government? I work for the Federal court system...everyone is working out "furlough plans," trying to figure out who is essential, who isn't, meeting after meeting, etc. The cost of this shut down to this nation is insane!

    October 5, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Joe

    This makes perfect sense– the Republicans have put up too much stake now to put down their fight and they have too much to lose so they will go to any length now to show some form of victory. Fortunately, our country is smarter as a whole to see through this nonsense.

    October 5, 2013 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Mailani

    Thank you, Tigas for reminding us of Barack Obama's middle name. It is so relevant to this conversation. It also reveals your narrow-minded, McCarthy-like, Tea-Party "white man losing his grip" mentality. One day, in the not too distant future, all you simple-minded Tea-Party old white people will have died of old age or clogged arteries, and the rest of us younger Americans can get on with making forward-thinking progress as an ethnically-diverse, educated, and enlightened country, pulling together for one another, and taking on realistic challenges such as global warming and funding a meaningful education for the next generation. Looking forward to the day we do not collectively or individually feel threatened by political blackmail and people that have "foreign-sounding" names.

    October 5, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  13. The GOP is full of Vile Creatures

    6 weeks?! The Gov needs to be funded for a full year without strings. These God Damned Tea Bagger Terrorists are really asking for it.

    October 5, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. CAWinMD

    Democrats should take this offer, just to test if Republicans are serious about this negotiating thing. They haven't been in the past three years, so I'm doubting it, but it is the only way to get to final resolution.

    They should start where Boehner and Obama left off in December, when they were only 150 billion apart. Surely those geniuses on Capitol Hill can figure out 150 billion over ten years .

    October 5, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  15. Zon

    Lovely. Govern the most powerful nation on earth 6 weeks at a time.

    October 5, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  16. Aerin

    Good grief!!! The GOP wants to put the country through this AGAIN in 6 weeks???

    Throw them OUT!!!

    October 5, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. tbone

    What part does Boehner not understand???

    We say no to partial measures.... Put a clean funding bill to vote... do your job Boehner or we'll throw you Republicans out of office next election.

    October 5, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  18. Vanessa

    Just do your jobs! No more extensions! What is the use of having deadlines if they mean nothing? Six weeks??? We'll be right back here with the party of NO. Mr. Boehner, let the vote go through.

    October 5, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. 2bits

    Meanwhile, in the year 2525, Congress has adjourned after kicking the can down the road for the 801,269th time and the US debt is at 16,000 Trillion dollars..........

    October 5, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. Tony

    Obama just has to do one thing to get his healthcare bill passed, end the government shutdown, and insure that a democrat has complete control of the presidency and congress for the next 40 years.....and that would be to go on tv, pull out a laptop, and sign himself, his kids, and his ugly wife up to the same stupid plan that he wants everyone else to have. Pathetic that he names a bill after himself, ie "obamacare", but has a better private plan for himself and his family. I guess he's just better than the rest of us right? Do as I say, not as I do....sorry, no way I will ever agree to that.

    October 5, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  21. reasonablebe

    based on the comments, gop take note: no one is fooled.

    October 5, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  22. Alvin

    I am 63 years old and have participated in politics by voting. I started voting at 18 and have never missed a vote. In all these years, I have never seen such a level of arrogance and insanity in the government as it is now. It’s clear who is responsible for this shutdown, the tea party and the republicans. Of course they would have us believe; its Obama’s doing. Do they really believe that the American people are that naive? Since the shutdown, I have heard several republicans and tea baggers make the statement that most Americans have a short memory; really! These people really do live in a bubble. From most of the emails I’ve read and talking to people I know; the tea baggers are nothing more than anarchist’s and are quickly becoming one of the most hated groups of people in the country and running a close second are a select number of republicans. In spite of what the tea baggers and republicans are saying, most people know the real truth. My hope is that the people who have been brain washed by the tea parties lies will take a long hard look at these radicals and see them for what they really are.

    October 5, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  23. Jacques Hughes

    This looks like the total surrender of the House of Representatives that Reid has been demanding–rewarding Reid and Obama for their hostage-taking behavior. A bad precedent that bodes poorly for the future of bicameralism, separation of powers, and government with the consent of the governed in this country.

    October 5, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  24. Working woman

    Really, it's the Republicans' fault? Pretty sure we will be forced to pay for insurance we don't want and can't afford. Do you people blaming the Republicans work? I have insurance that I pay for and have done so for over 40 years. Since when does the president have a right to manage my healthcare and my insurance? This is about more than a funding plan. I don't want the government to control even more of my life.

    October 5, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  25. Jacques Hughes

    This looks like the total surrender of the House of Representatives that "we will not compromise" Reid has been demanding.

    If so, it is a bad precedent, one that calls into question the future of bicameralism, separation of powers, and government with the consent of the governed. Reid and Obama took hostages–do exactly as we say or the country gets it–this would let them win by that tactic.

    October 5, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
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