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. steve

    Dear Lord, the GOP is out of its mind.

    October 5, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  2. Kings on the back row...

    ..
    ..Let us hope that the tea party tail does not wag us into a "W" type economic collapse !
    >>

    October 5, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  3. Web Guru

    Funny how the GOP wants to be seen as the heroes for fixing a mess they created.

    October 5, 2013 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  4. Who are the Tea party?

    Here's the deal. Take your three pointy hat loving crowd, make sure they are all 60+ years old ands toss in a black president and you will see the last dying breath of an American antique: The old angry white guy. Sorry grandpa...NEXT!

    October 5, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. PM

    Just pass the clean CR bill and act like adults. They should ban the ability to add others things to a bill and hold it hostage.

    October 5, 2013 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  6. Albert Leo

    Sounds like surrender by the Republican House to me. What are they going to do, shut down the government again and default on the debt six weeks from now? Even they aren't that crazy, are they?

    Maybe the Democrats should threaten to shut down the government and default on the debt unless the Republicans agree to gun control and immigration reform legislation.

    October 5, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  7. A True American

    They should all be thrown out on their asses and stripped of their Congressional benefits. None of them "represent" the American people. Shame on them.

    October 5, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  8. faesq

    Maybe the democrats should turn the tables. Agree to funding the govt. for 6 weeks if the republicans will agree to an assault weapons ban.

    October 5, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  9. Evergreen

    Six weeks?! This is not a serious offer. Get your act together.

    October 5, 2013 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  10. columbus

    Why? They've known since last year when this budget was due, what good is adding another month to the process? The damage is already done, now do what they are supposed to do and pass a budget.

    October 5, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  11. Oofy Prosser

    Why are these people passing a bill to pay government workers later for work they aren't doing? If you are going to pay them later, let them go back to work now.

    And why do I get the feeling that those who are against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act just don't care if the poor, the ailing, the elderly get sick, suffer, and die? Because they have no alternative, that's why.

    One can only hope that the Tea Party loses a few seats in the next election. Since their seats are in very conservative areas, it is not likely they will lose big, but at least a few seats...

    October 5, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. YellowDog

    The Tea Party is finally getting the attention and the respect that it deserves.

    In other words we need to keep an eye on these neo-confederates and they deserve NO respect.

    October 5, 2013 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  13. george earle

    Gloria Borger source is that voice inside her head.

    October 5, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. robert

    When child can't get chemo therapy for cancer treatment because they failed to pass a bill in the house, and then use immoral tactics to by-bass a democratic system, that takes a sick mind.

    October 5, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  15. JenniferC

    A 6 week extension means that we will have economic security for six weeks and then right before Thanksgiving/Hanukkah/Black Friday/Christmas shopping season we will have a big IF hanging over our heads. Will there be another government shut down right before the holidays? Will a world wide depression be imminent because Congress will again be unable to raise the debt ceiling? The GOP is like a bad boyfriend too cheap to pay for dinner and unwilling to commit.

    October 5, 2013 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  16. robert

    This is called the republican Cruz-Boehner care package-When child can't get chemo therapy for cancer treatment because they failed to pass a bill in the house, and then use immoral tactics to by-bass a democratic system, that takes a sick mind.

    October 5, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  17. golphphanatic

    I hope every one's disgust and disdain for the "hostage takers" lasts long enough to make sure none of them serve another term! Please remember... and vote accordingly!

    October 5, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. Jim Michaels

    It's Obama's fault – he is the worst president in the last 100 years, he reminds me of Richard NIxon. Obama acts like a dictator. Uses the IRS to investigate you (recent example of Ben Carson) or intimidate you and makes no effort to bring people together. He proves again that he is the divider in chief. The comments by Jack Welch were spot on this weak. Obama believes that "schoozing" is beneath him. That is the bottom line.

    October 5, 2013 11:22 pm at 11:22 pm |
  19. kso

    15th

    October 5, 2013 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  20. Whall

    The real truth is tea party republicans who are impotent and weak are trying to obtain the power they are so desperate for by hijacking the government. These rich little brats can't have their way so now they are throwing a temper tantrum. All at the expense of the American people. Thank all of you for exposing yourselves as true enemies of the state. The election is over you lost. Deal with that.

    October 5, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  21. Truthbetold

    Sounds like a wonderful plan. Six weeks should be more than enough time for the bickering to expand into further deadlock. Last time our brilliant congressional leadership offered to put in an immediate temporary solution, a committee of 12 was formed, 6 from each warring side. They were so successful at addressing the situation, we ended up with the doomsday solution sequestration. So by all means, let's delay the problem so we can spend the next six weeks coming up with the next doomsday solution. What's six more weeks. After all, how was congress to know that the September date for a budget solution was coming. I was always good at getting my teachers to extend the date for finals six more weeks – never knew when the end of the semester was coming.

    October 5, 2013 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  22. bxgrrl

    NO. Fund the government NOW for a FULL YEAR.

    October 5, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. Seattle Sue

    I don't trust the GOP/TP any farther than I can throw them

    October 5, 2013 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. Sapper

    We have not had a "clean" budget passed since '97. We have been running on CRs for the last 3+ years. Time we stopped complaining about each other and did something. Do we really need to fund another study that says soda makes us fat or you pick the nonsensical study of the blinding flash of the obvious. Get the facts and stop being lemmings. Vote your local village idiot out and don't complain if you don't vote!

    October 5, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  25. Cary Cobb

    Six weeks?! Really? I'll have my refund check from my new credit card by then. These guys and gals can't get anything done in six weeks. What difference will that make? At that point, we'll be talking about "Turkey Talks" and maybe "Christmas Counts of Votes." If you guys in Congress are not spineless Starfish, take votes on substantive changes to our budget and risk your political careers on what's right for the country.

    October 5, 2013 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
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