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.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House • House Republicans • national debt
soundoff (667 Responses)
  1. boungiorno

    what clearly matters is that both sides come to a understanding and the issues America is battling iron themselves out it doesnt matter if dem rep lib asian jew hungar latino we all need to join together and stop our country from being overtaken because clearly thats whats coming

    October 5, 2013 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  2. intruth23

    Hmmmm, I think the republicans realize they are LOSING this DAMN game!

    October 5, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  3. Yikes

    So now the GOP wants to shut down the govt. and force a default right in time for Christmas.

    Wow, I guess that 10% approval was just too high. They really need to turn the screws on Bob Cratchett.

    October 5, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Stop drinking the coolaid the democrats are playing gams and don't care about anything but power and control. Break away from being a zombie

    October 5, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. Cynthia Gurin

    Ah yes... The Grinches would like to run that little maneuver right up to the edge of the holidays, kill the entire shopping season for small businesses, and in general make everybody in the country (but themselves and the string pullers) totally miserable.

    October 5, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Redeye Dog

    Why 6 weeks? Why not 2 or 26?

    October 5, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. Belseth

    These idiots think they are winning so at this stage their goal is to drag it out as long as possible until the other side gives up. Letting one party ignore the will of the people and hijack the whole process for their own goals is dangerous enough that it's better to go into default than to let a minority party rule the country. This is bully politics, plain and simple.

    October 5, 2013 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Azzy

    Yeah, this has been so fun and productive, lets definitely do it again in six weeks instead of having an iota of courage and responsibility now. Great idea from the GOP brain trust.

    October 5, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    WOW! Just WOW!!! Screw this six week stuff and vote on a clean bill NOW Boehner!

    October 5, 2013 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. mainepotter

    It took them over 40 failures to figure that out. Give them a gold star and reward their brilliance with defeat in 2014. That's only fair..

    October 5, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  11. Gone

    Who is the 800 lb. gorilla?

    October 5, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  12. Mr Dalloway

    The Repukecacans are more insane than anyone could have every thought possible

    October 5, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  13. kv

    Obamacare is a farce and will increase the federal budget substantially in the coming years- a Democratic ploy to socialize America!. And Barrack Obama did say raising the debt limit is a sign of failure – what's the deal now- a political flip flopper- Democrats are not as good as the media makes them to be and all you people are buying it- what a terrible shame

    October 5, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. confused

    My problem with all of this is we raise the debt limits countless times, chose a President or a Congress they all have done it. Why does it keep needing to be raised? answer: The government is spending more than it should, my question is when are we the American people going to tell Congress to stop spending money on useless program, grants and aid to other countries and start taking care of our problems here at home.

    October 5, 2013 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. Matt

    Way to kick the can down the road. Congress.

    October 5, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Prof. Milne

    Before laying the blame for this impasse on the GOP you should consider EXEMPT CONGRESS, EXEMPT UNIONS, DELAY EMPLOYER MANDATES, DELAY DEDUCTIBLE CAPS, but sadly, no exemptions or delays for the American people. The usual Obama political expediency.

    October 5, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  17. ga.democrat

    Can't wait to watch the spineless Boehner on This Week tomorrow, whining and licking his lips. Time to stand up against the Tea Party and stop holding this country hostage. No more piecemeal deals. Grow some Boehner!

    October 5, 2013 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  18. Richard

    We've had essentially stopgap budgets for 17 YEARS. This is ridiculous, no country can be efficiently run like this. And trying to hold the country hostage to defund a law that was passed, signed, approved by the Supreme Court and a signature item of a president who was then reelected supporting is simply criminal. (Of course pointlessly trying to repeal it 42 times is also monumentally idiotic–what was that definition of insanity again? Oh yeah, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome.)

    October 5, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  19. termlimits

    Greed is from both sides, obama is from the kant ideology lacking in reason. Socialism is a philosophy of failure, ignorance, and envy. Its inherent virture is the equal sharing of misery. Churchill.

    October 5, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  20. SGT RAYRAY

    We will see how many of these crazies get voted back into office; same way as they couldnt wait till the shutdown of this year, I can't wait till election time baby.

    SGT RAYRAY

    October 5, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. ludvig

    The only death panel is the Repuglican party who doesn't want people to have health insurance coverage. Consider they wanted to fund cancer research but don't want people to have health insurance. Is there anyone with a brain who calls himself a Republican?

    October 5, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Todd

    I find it disturbing that republicans are always characterizing the economy as stagnant or failing and then they do as much as possible to make it worse. What is that about?

    October 5, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  23. me!

    What this country needs is "WE" the people to revolt, march over to Washington, clog the streets around congress and tell these idiots that we are tired of their crap. What happened to this country? We used to care and we didn't mind showing it.

    October 5, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  24. ABarker

    If the dems don't want to talk, fine. Let it keep going until they are. Enough already. The liberals are determined to sink this country.

    October 5, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  25. kevin

    So, the Republicans are compromising left and right AND now offering yet another compromise, and this is called "floating"?

    The Republicans have agreed to a rare EVERYTHING except for the Obama Care fiasco.... and it is the Republicans that are being "inflexible"?

    October 5, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
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