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

    Congress should be a position with term limits. This would avoid the pandering that goes on!

    October 5, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  2. Skeptic

    Isn't this another example of "kicking the can down the road"?

    October 5, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  3. Steven Colo

    So we get to revisit the circus in six weeks, with nothing changed. We pay these morons to run a government like this?

    October 5, 2013 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  4. michele

    how long will it take congress to figure out if they balance the budget they would nit need to increase the debt limit

    October 5, 2013 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  5. Sparty

    No, let the blackmailers crash and burn once and for all within the next two weeks. They will either cave entirely or force the Country into economic default because they hate Obama and one of his laws, and lack the ability to change it legally.

    October 5, 2013 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  6. AmericaFirst

    Must have poll tested this. Time to cave, time to do your friggin jobs and pass a budget, a clean CR signed by President, that would pass the House, and already passed the Senate. Quit playing games and quit throwing America back into a RECESSION. You own this one Tea Slags, We're sinking fast.

    October 6, 2013 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  7. AmericaFirst

    About time. You actually didn't study this enough to know you're brining America back into RECESSION. Crazytown is the House.

    October 6, 2013 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  8. Demswinin16

    Wake up. It has been the agenda of the Republicans for the last 30 years to bankrupt the nation. They want to kill medicare, kill social security, kill welfare, kill aid to unwed mothers, kill nutritional programs for at risk children, kill funding for planned parenthood and every other program intended to help low income Americans lift themselves up. So big wars, tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest, corporate welfare that lets companies like GE pay nothing in taxes, and shutdowns are how they do it. The result is the income gap between the rich and the poor is wider today thank since 1929. You cannot fight and win a war if you don't even recognize your enemy.

    October 6, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  9. ItsAMirage

    6 weeks!!! Oh my God!!!!!! The humanity!!!

    Poor Reps.....they really have no clue that the boulder is rolling down. They won't realize how messed up their situation till they get smashed in the face by the giant boulder.

    October 6, 2013 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  10. Liselle

    This story makes it sounds like it is the Republicans who have the idea of this 6-week bill. That is EXACTLY what the clean CR bill has been all along. It was only a 6-week extension to begin with. So, when Republicans say they are floating this idea they are in effect, considering a vote on the original Senate version of the budget bill. In effect, they are caving. YAY!!!! Finally!!!!

    October 6, 2013 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  11. yogi

    Boehner is running wild to find enough fig leaves for the House Republicans, it is all he can do now. What a pathetic bunch, void of vision, ideas, and compassion, and the only thing they really master is incredibly stupid strategy, it is their MO. This is the party who has been so focused on making Obama a one term President, that they only can endlessly repeat their sacred mantra of NO.

    October 6, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  12. Quest

    Republicans are delusional. I can't wait for the opportunity to destroy their corrupt, worthless careers. Thanks for nothing, you pathetic bigots. May you and your families receive the well deserved rudeness you've inflicted on everyone else.

    October 6, 2013 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. AmericaFirst

    About time you realized you weren't elected to overrun the remaining 2/3rds of government. WAKE UP TEA SLAGS.

    October 6, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  14. Tom Paine

    First good news heard in awhile. The Democrats should take this.

    October 6, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  15. smkedbacon

    A simple one year extention for Americans is to much to ask when Obama gives to the foe of democrats big business an extention? Even the democrats should be screaming foul!

    October 6, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  16. John

    The debt ceiling is a bit misleading. America can pay it's bills without raising the debt limit by simply prioritizing spending. All monies will be directed towards essential spending and interest on the debt and the fighting can occur over what is left over. Yes, in the short term it will have to be raised but the control doesn't have to go into default while this political policy fight is being played out. Just pass a bill that pays the bills first.

    October 6, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  17. Michael Hobart

    Six weeks on the government and on the debt ceiling is nothing. It is just a prescription for continuing financial disruption from the uncertainty. If they think that they need six weeks to actually settle the issues that is one thing, but there has been no indications that either side is willing to alter positions.

    October 6, 2013 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  18. John K.

    NO, no, no! No six additional weeks to do what they should have been doing all year long. These guys need to sit down in a room with no food, no water and no toilet and not be let out until they come out with a deal.

    October 6, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  19. Al

    The GOP is breaking. They are realizing and acknowledging the disaster they've initiated, and that's what this little gimmick is about. Democrats need to hold strong, reject it and call for a clean spending bill, and completely break them so that they relinquish the delusion that they have some sort of moral mandate to call the shots from a minority position. Your days are numbered, GOP.

    October 6, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  20. Preston

    I found a way to halve the debt problem: the blue states and red states secede from the union – each taking half the debt.

    October 6, 2013 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  21. just wondering

    Extortion is a CRIME

    October 6, 2013 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  22. Sharkmann

    Six weeks and do this again? No.

    October 6, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  23. JET314

    This country is already in intensive care and the oxygen is running low. When will these idiots learn that more band aids won't work. And yet they were all re-elected in the last election, save a few.

    October 6, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  24. taxpayer

    I am so hopeful that my FICA donations (tax to pay Chinese debt service) will continue to be taken out of my paycheck. Although when Chinese take over to replace Democrat thugs in places like Detroit & East St. Louis everybody will be better off. I am almost giddy when I think about how Obama & friends say that they are not worried about the fiscal soundness of Social Security. Does that mean my Social Security Check will be payable at the First National Bank of Bejing?

    October 6, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  25. Grober McManus

    GOP lost this shutdown battle. Nothing to be gained and everything to lose if its gets prolonged.

    October 6, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
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