GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
6 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. PtBarnumBoy

    I'd gladly repay you tomorrow for a hamburger today.

    October 5, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Zander Nickels

    How pathetic that the best idea to come out of the GOP thus far is a 6 week plan. I guess when you're struggling day to day, a plan of this scale a huge accomplishment. Way to go!

    October 5, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Mystery Moves

    I support the 14th amendment option

    October 5, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  4. Skarphace

    Teapublicans will not agree to this because it gives time for the ACA to work out its kinks and start improving peoples lives. Remember, the Teapublicans are not afraid that the ACA will crash our economy, they are afraid that the ACA will be successful. And it will, with or without them. Unfortunately for them, there is absolutely nothing they can do to stop it, and this is why they are so upset.

    October 5, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Bubba

    GOP floats another idea........ You know what else floats? But then again, these floaters are about all the GOP is good for of late.

    October 5, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  6. sharon

    Gee, I remember a couple of years ago when a compromise was reached to raise the debt limit and a committee (was it 16?) would offer solutions and we would all be happy. Where did that get us? Either pass a CR funding the country and get onto the debt limit – will the 'too big to fail' group bail the US out? Republicans offer the same solutions time after time with no attempt to understand what the country is going through.

    October 5, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  7. Winston Smith

    Six weeks? What's the use. Do the right thing for once in your miserable lives, and do your job to the best of your ability. We've already had a glimpse of how low you can sink. Now do something right for once.

    October 5, 2013 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    My favorite part "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." So what have you been doing for the last year up there?

    October 5, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. jl taylor

    The right wing, we can't see the forest for the trees republicans, are ruining our country. Our economy is ready to take
    off and millions of young people are prepaired to start building their American dreams. Our government on our behalf
    must collect and spend money for our economy to grow and function properly. Private enterprize can not do it alone.
    We are the government, we are the consumers, we are the private bussiness owners large and small, we are the workers
    employed by government and private businesses selling to the government or private citizens. We are all in this together. Right wing republicans are so selfish and hateful they are willing to crash our economy just to denie some poor
    person a chance to receive health care.

    October 5, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  10. NameDon Hill

    Republicans tried to stop F.D.R. and the Democratic party from enacting the Social Security law in 1935. They tried, and failed, to stop the medicare benefit from becoming law in 1968, but thankfully again there were enough Democrats to stick with the Democratic president(Johnson), to get Iit passed. Now their only, and I stress only, agenda is eliminate the National Healthcare law. They have no other purpose. I would challenge anyone to show one single law enacted by the GOP, that helped even one single middle class citizen. I'm 77 years old. Have seen a lot of things in my life, but nothing that tops the idiotic stance the GOP and their tea party buddies are doing to this country, solely because they hate President Obama so much, and couldn't beat him in this last election, no matter how many lies they tried to convince the public was the truth. I think 90% of Americans are smart enough to see through the GOP.

    October 5, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  11. Vern

    Either make a deal, or stop the talk about these temporary measures, or just bringing back some of the government. This is an artificial crisis brought on by the GOP, who is trying to nullify two elections by trying to force the president to get rid of his signature legislation. It can be ended by giving up this lost cause, and simply making a deal to last the year.

    October 5, 2013 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  12. Reality Check

    Been there done that. The votes are there to end this right now.

    October 5, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  13. Merle McClung

    The CR the Senate approved already had $70 billion in spending cuts demanded by the House! Then we go do all this again just before Christmas?

    That's not negotiating! I am sick of these 250 or so in the House deliberately hurting the country because of their stupid ideology. They had their chance at leadership and they drove the economy off a cliff.

    Recall and expel the GOP from the House! Their a bunch of thieves!

    October 5, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  14. Anon

    Do any of you actually pay attention to what either side is pushing? All these comments are complaining about short term fixes when the CURRENT continuing resolution amended by the Senate only funds the Government to Nov. 15. The House originally set it for Dec. 15. Pay attention before you come out and complain about something that is the EXACT same type of legislation you are advocating them to vote on.

    Good old social networking. Everyone turns into Anderson Cooper without knowing ANYTHING about the specifics of a particular bill...

    October 5, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. texasnotea

    gop- we will release one hostage at a time until our demands are met.

    October 5, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. From the West

    The best comment: "We need sensible people in OUR government who respect the laws, pay the bills they create and work for the good of the American people. Not a mob of angry, disrespectful lunatics who want to take their country back."

    Now, is Congress fighting for the greater good of this country and its hard-working citizens? No, because the Tea Party has a private agenda and all the old farts want to be hard headed.

    What's more important at this point, trying to take a cheap shot at removing a law that is already in effect? Or, picking the innocent people back up who were shot down in the crossfire of this irresponsible mess?

    October 5, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Fritz Hohenheim

    What the heck is wrong with this country? Democracy has stopped working long ago and we didnt notice it

    October 5, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. wow

    My favorite part "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." So what have you been doing for the last year up there?

    October 5, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. texasnotea

    The gop has become nothing but a terrorist group. They are holding America hostage until their unreasonable demands are met. The whole world knows it.

    October 5, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  20. Nothing At All

    Republicans are not to be trusted. They showed their hands and are now unable to deliver. They deserve to twist in the wind a little longer. The debt ceiling is not negotiable. Get back to doing the jobs you were elected to do, pass the appropriation bill through regular.

    October 5, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. magneticink

    float this

    October 5, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Not A Republican Zombie

    What a half-assed idea. Boehner and his House Republicans are idiots. What's even worse, they think that we are stupid enough to actually think this might be a good idea.

    October 5, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  23. Valkyrie

    I have to say, I tend to agree with most all the posters here. Six weeks?? What happens then? What confidence do the American people have that the same adolescent bickering won't happen at the end of the six weeks? Answer: none whatsoever.

    Pass a clean CR to fund the government NOW! Debate your issues about the ACA and other funding matters later!

    October 5, 2013 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  24. Dennis

    How about a Republican plan to fund the government for 23 minutes? They should shout and scream during that time and Dana Bash could tell Harry Reid that 1;3rd of a child with cancer was saved during that time.

    October 5, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  25. Paul Whelan

    Better than nothing!!

    October 5, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
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