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.


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  1. Thomas

    @RL
    All you emotional idiots out there saying the GOP is holding the governenment "hostage." I don't know if you realized this but we are living in a country that was a democratic republic for 200 years. This is part of the political process. Instead of whining about a process that ha worked for centuries, try electing officials that would change the process. Or blame how polarized and divided this country has become. Seriously, instead of constantly bad mouthing the other side try to agree on something. At this rate none of this will end well.

    As for the Republican Party I believe they had no choice but to move to a shutdown. Politically it was in their best interest to stand their ground. The house members know they won't lose their seats only unless they appear to back off on the platform they ran on: repeal or delay obamacare. And they have every right to do so. They aren't "terrorists." They are only trying to appease their voter base, which happens to be large enough to be a good portion of the house.

    ==========

    20% of there base to be honest .

    So what your saying is that its good policy to let 20% drag the other 80% down the drain ?

    October 5, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. penguin

    Pass a budget that involves spending cuts and revenue (yes taxes-tax investment income the same as ordinary income). Any won can create a balanced budget, but very few would vote for it)

    October 5, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Bob

    Oh, the Republicans are offering to release the hostages for 6 weeks.

    How nice.

    October 5, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  4. texasnotea

    Tea Party- Our mission is to destroy America and tell our base it's Obama's fault because our base will believe anything we tell them

    October 5, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  5. rosethornne

    Uh huh.

    And then the brain damaged loons can do another faux-filibuster and have another round of whining and brow beating public employees for shutting down parks because the loons voted to shut down everything, all just in time to destroy ordinary Americans' lives just in time for Christmas.

    Let me think....

    No. No thanks. No.

    October 5, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Just a concerned furloughed worker

    So how did one piece of legislation bring a country to the brink of financial default? Or did the realization that proper budgeting and the spending of money the country did not have ever cross your mind. Both sides have gotten us into a huge snafu. It's not a new thing, this chaos has been building for years because the people who we placed in charged did not do their job and failed us. Unfortunately until they accept that one fact, the round robin blame game will continue. Govt. agencies outsource certain tasking and jobs all the time. Maybe now is the time to put pride aside and ask for help from world renowned investors and businessman to build a viable plan to put our country back on track.

    October 5, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. Guest

    Well,, a new low for Obama. He has closed down parts of the ocean.

    October 5, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  8. Karina

    For a nation that is so broke and broken to implement affordable health care within more or less one day , is reckless and foolish.
    An easing in period of one year would have been the smarter way to go .
    I can understand that people are upset about Obama giving waivers to co-operations , unions and congress to opt out of the plan , what does that tell you , the lawmakers that force you to sign up for a health care plan , don't want it for themselves.

    October 5, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  9. Sane Person

    Just pass a real budget for crying out loud. The tea party lost the election. Stop trying to hold the country hostage to for your demented ideas of zero government. Maybe we can actually progress and get something done if they would get out of the way.

    October 5, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  10. Ralter

    Tigas:
    "Where is the unemployment rate report?
    Where are the ObamaCare sign up stats?"

    The people in charge of making those were sent home without pay. If you didn't notice.

    October 5, 2013 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  11. darkdann

    i think the bigger issue is how our debt keeps increasing and so does the money we borrow from other countries. at some point we wont be able to pay the debt we have and be forced to default.

    part of the bills the GOP tried to pass was to limit our spending. and of course to delay obamacare which we cannot logically fund. which was rejected. and some point the Democrats have to be realistic and willing to cut fundings to certain things so we can start paying our massive debt.

    was the GOP right to hold the government hostage? of course not. they had alternatives. did it work? obviously not. the Democrats will end up getting what they want. hopefully they try to fix the real problem at some point

    October 5, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. Reason Is A Choice

    If I was a Republican I wouldn't want anybody to know it.

    October 5, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  13. DK

    This radical conservative Republican Party is desperate for an out from this mess they created. The Democrats should not agree to any temporary or piecemeal measure - in fact, they should not agree to anything besides Republicans funding the government at pre-sequestration levels. Let the roaches squirm and eat each other until then.

    Republicans have shown themselves to be tantruming children who are not fit for office. I will not be voting Republican next year - if ever again.

    October 5, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  14. Kelcy

    This discussion is moot. The Senate CR bill was the House CR bill without the Obamacare language.

    The House bill was only for six weeks to start with.

    The House is floating nothing new.

    Reality is that both houses had passed their own versions of 11 of 13 of the required appropriations last Spring (the House did not do so for two of them for the departments they want to kill). There was nothing to stop the House from sending members to the various Conference Committees last Spring to negotiate settlements for all the bills. They didn`t do it then so why would they do it now. They won`t. The Tea Partiers stated goal from the outset of their terms was to shutdown the government.

    October 5, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  15. w

    Ah yes. Let the ultra-right-wing-conservative-"christian"-GOP-Tea-Party-fanatical-extremists show just how good they are at showing how government SHOULD work by kicking the can down the road and tying up congress for ANOTHER six weeks by throwing out an 'answer' to the problem that is a VERY thinly veiled cover to furthering the GAME they insist on playing and stupidly think that The President and the Democrats will fall for their pathetic attempt. Sad. Very. VERY. SAD!

    October 5, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  16. Rand Paul

    I would rather see America burn
    than to let the libs win.
    Burn baby burn.
    Make me EMPORER !

    October 5, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  17. Brian Smith

    This plan is no good – they should open up a bill to fund the government for today – every day – first order of business.

    October 5, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  18. Fedup

    I say no keep it shut down until they pass a clean CR period veto that crap Mr. President.

    October 5, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  19. o3man

    Maybe the president should not keep on begging congress. Try to spend less money. After all, they do not have to keep giving him increases. Spend what your earn – no more.

    October 5, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  20. Robert

    Don't cave GOP! Let Harry Reid fold first!

    October 5, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  21. behaviorquest

    It will be difficult for the Republicans to get the support that they need to undo the mess they have caused. They have made a joke out of the word negotiate versus the word extort!

    October 5, 2013 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  22. behaviorquest

    It will be difficult for them to gain some consensus from their members as they are so stuck on their path of destruction cloaked in hate and intolerance. They have brought a new awareness to the word negotiate confused with the word extortion.

    October 5, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. Helpful

    Ok fine. Fund the government for 6 weeks. That's progress.

    However, Obamacare isn't going away, and the GOP will have to accept that. Small changes are possible, but those will come with quid pro quo, and the GOP will have to accept that too.

    What's wrong with this congress is, it's populated by a large faction of inexperienced, extreme right representatives, who don't understand that politics is a game of take AND give, who happen to be in control because they have the support of right wing media outlets, who make their money selling drama, and compromise doesn't sell.

    So, this 6 weeks is really a test, a test the GOP can't afford to fail. Will they pass?

    October 5, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  24. Raymond Hendrix

    What needs to be done in addition to the plan posed here is to send bills to the President that fund the most critical functions of government in a piecemeal fashion. Veterans affairs and child services would be a good place to start. I think that by the time we are finished with this process we will find that we do not need much of what we are paying for now. This is a lesson that we have already learned in the sequester that was supposed to doom our society. Start over with this opportunity to find out what we really need - not what we can go in debt further for at the expense of our children.

    October 5, 2013 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  25. Dunk N Dribble

    Its time that the Republicans just take the toys out
    of the sand box and go home.
    The game is over.
    You LOST BIG TIME !

    October 5, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
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