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. ari

    so we can do this all over again in 6 weeks? no. GOP, you lost. get over it. now get back to work.

    October 5, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. JCFinley1

    Boehner cannot tell the TP to cool their heels. The TP is threatening to take his job away. Boehner lost out once before in the 1990s and he doesn't want to lose control now. Maybe it is time to send for Silvia Berlusconi to take over the Republican Party. The difference will only be minor. Ego is the prime ingredient at the moment. I fear for this nation.

    October 5, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Obama himself said he won't negotiate during a shutdown. This gives him what both sides want.

    October 5, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. rtkmd

    Six weeks. Brilliant.

    October 5, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Noneofyerbiz

    Great lets push it into the Christmas buying season and ruin retail while we're at it. 'Cause we haven't done enough to trash the economy.

    October 5, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  6. kottmyer

    I generally agree with those who think that this "short-term fix" doesn't solve anything.

    However, I have to think that what Congress & the President need is a cooling-off period to let the rhetoric die down. Six weeks might not be long enough, but it could help to calm people down.

    October 5, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. Manuel J.

    The postings from the California crew are, well, so typical California (i.e. LIBERAL bent).

    October 5, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  8. Katie

    And after six weeks, then what? THEN WHAT??

    October 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  9. Aaron

    GOP, get your act together. Nothing is going to fly until you stop micturating all over the system you were elected to serve.

    October 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  10. Kris L

    What does 6 weeks matter if Republicans will try and do the same thing again? Only this time it will happen during the Christmas shopping season and damage our economy even more.

    October 5, 2013 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  11. Citizen Cain

    Obama himself said he won't negotiate during a shutdown. This gives him what both sides want.

    October 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  12. The Brake Fast Club (@BrakeFastClub)

    lol this is like waiting for the GOP to figure out masturbating will never get you pregnant no matter how hard you try.

    October 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  13. tony

    WAIT A MINUTE!

    Conservatives stood at the election, promising to do something they knew they couldn't do????

    October 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Dave

    Welfare was America's kill shot but Obamacare will be the final nail in America's coffin. Study history my friends.

    October 5, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. MarcoD

    Why bother, the Democrats are finding legal loopholes to do what the GOPigs refuse to do.

    October 5, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. pjoe

    First: Take all other funding offers off the table. They are no longer to be considered.
    Second: Pass a clean funding CR for $100 Billion.

    October 5, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. MaryM

    So now, after all this nonsense with this shutdown over the ACA (obamacare), they will pass the CR in the House. Boehner failed to lead his House when he refused to reign in the extremist Tea Party. Time for Boehner and the Extreme tea party people to go.

    October 5, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. Rick

    Six weeks? You have got to be kidding me, that's how we got here, racist red neck tae party and the rest of the low life KKK republicans kicking the can down the road and stealing their paychecks. We might as well just keep the government shut down, they ain't doing a lick anyway.

    October 5, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Dan

    Blink

    October 5, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. phenoy

    So every 6 weeks we are going to undergo the same drama again?

    October 5, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  21. Scott

    Deja Vu. Would the committee be called the "Super Committee No. 2?" Is the purpose to allow Congress to go on their Halloween recess with clear conscience?" Anonymous Congressman, I hate to rain on your parade, BUT IT WON"T WORK.

    Just stay in your chair until you're done.

    October 5, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. scott in ga

    Oh for god's sake, just pass a clean bill...It's exactly the same thing.

    October 5, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. Ken

    Holding a current law as hostage which was voted upon and passed by Congress and both houses and then substantiated by the United States Supreme Court is unethical and pure nonsense.
    The revenue lost by small businesses during this shutdown should be a criminal act punishable by impeachment.
    I do not care which party is at fault it is still wrong .
    Let the Republican Party call and ask for a donation this year !!

    October 5, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Brad

    The Dems are just as guilty or more so then the Republicans. The Republicans have sent several bills up to Senate to no avail. They say it is written exactly as they want or they are not passing. How is this negotiating and being bipartisan? It is a failure by both parties, but Dems are to high on the Kool-Aid to realize it.

    October 5, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. The Donald

    This House Republicans are so stupid that they all should be neutered We can't have such worthless stupidity polluting the gene pool anymore!

    October 5, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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