GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
10 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 (666 Responses)
  1. VU DJ

    It looks like now they want to take over, as if they did not do enough damages already. God saved us, our military is more discipline here than in Egypt.

    October 5, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  2. scottName

    The left will not be happy until the dollar is destroyed and America along with it.

    October 5, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  3. West Coast Sensibilities

    It's time we brought some sensibility back to the Grand Old Party. Remember, it's GOP NOT GOTea.

    October 5, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  4. madc1

    The Republicans are going about this all wrong. But Obama should not have a continous unlimited open checkbook

    October 5, 2013 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  5. Kenman

    Firstly, I don't believe anything much that Ms Bolger says! Or that almost life-like Wolf character either! What a couple of drones!

    October 5, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. jimbo

    Nope. Kicking the can yet again a few weeks down the road is just as stupid as the current mess. Get over yourselves and just do what you should have done already. That "save face" thing you're trying to pull is long lost already. The only way you'll get back any iota of respect is to just man up, admit you screwed up royally, you lost the fight, and do your job now. If you can't do that you should just resign, and let someone else take over.

    October 5, 2013 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. DeTamble

    GOP doesn't float.
    It Sinks.

    October 5, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Oh

    This is getting sold old it's pathetic. Given the choice between advancing American interests, or their own selfish special interests, it's obvious the GOP will and has chosen the later. I hope all Americans remember what this former proud party has done to this country at the next election.

    October 5, 2013 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. mentallect

    6 weeks until another government shutdown! Does the GOP have any real solutions, or just more of the same crisis building do-nothing strategies?

    October 5, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  10. Loggan44

    I believe the GOP should just push the clean CR through. Playing stalemate games just puts additional stress on the people of the USA. Stress we got enough of already.

    October 5, 2013 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Bb8371

    Shut The Front Door... ! It appears this is so amusing they want to do this again later.
    Dumb and Dumber its nap time.

    October 5, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. chris

    there is a plan, there are enough votes to pass a clean CR in the house. Just let it come to the floor. The American people demand it! Worst House in history!!

    October 5, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  13. bushkilledthegop

    The gop – lets do this again in a month and a half! WEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    October 5, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. Allinthegame

    Seriously, we would fund an entire government six weeks at a time. Zimbabwe does better than that. Time to call out all these nutters who have spent the last four days trying to reinstate funding and salaries to people and places they chose to take away.
    What until next week when the 1% types watch the stock market fall. We work for them and they want to protect their fortunes so maybe they can get us a whole budget. The least they can do.

    October 5, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  15. Hawk in Texas

    After going through with this crap over and over the republicans have proven that they can not govern. just like the man said they lied to the votes what 43 times trying to defund obama care and knowing all the time that they could not. but it sounded good to their voters. and like now. just kick the can a few feet more down the road and then we can do this crap all over again. Boehner bring a clean bill for a vote and let's get this done.

    October 5, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. Marc Florida

    When you don't know where your going, you are liable not to get there, Yogi

    October 5, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  17. GA Bubba

    Boehner has offered to negotiate, but Obama has refused. So how does the GOP get the blame here? The reason that no negotiations are happening is because Obama absolutely refused. He is to blame for this shutdown.

    October 5, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  18. Jeff

    They could have done this BEFORE the shutdown!

    October 5, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Disappointed in NC

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said "Boehner’s private push for federal health care contributions for lawmakers and their staff." was a sticking point in the negotiations.

    The Affordable Care Act is good enough for the masses but the elite lawmakers and their staff want special treatment.
    The growing difference between the elite and the average American family is the real issue here. The GOP is a
    puppet for the wealthy in this country and the wealthy will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.

    October 5, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  20. Salty Bob

    Well its at least this way the normal republican can save face, but I'm sure the Tea Pugs wont allow this to happen.

    October 5, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  21. geminijlw

    Not only are they childish in their speeches as to why we are at this point, but they show childish traits. One is waiting until the last minute to do your homework. The only problem with that analogy is: This is not school, this is the United State Senate. These men and women should have worked on cutting the budget by line items, tax loopholes being closed, fairness for the American People, the 99%, cutting subsidies, etc. Instead they do nothing until the last minute, just as a child would with their projects and homework. What a disgusting bunch of adults. They should be ashamed.

    October 5, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  22. rb1948

    Will wonders never cease. A Republican with some common sense.

    October 5, 2013 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  23. Crisis to Crisis

    Is the hostage holding ever going to end? It's been more than two years of this tactic. Obama needs to stick to his guns and make them "shoot the hostage" and take responsibility for it. They ( the GOP) got themselves into this mess because they yet again misread the situation terribly (Romney in a landslide!) and now are looking for a way to save face. Let them have their just deserts.

    October 5, 2013 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  24. DaveLake

    My goodness-this is silly as if twelve year olds were running the House. I am ashamed of the House and wonder what the rest of the world thinks. Over forty times a bill to get rid of a law-now this crazy stuff. We are becoming a joke!

    October 5, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  25. steve

    Dear Lord, the GOP is out of its mind.

    October 5, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
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