GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
7 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 (667 Responses)
  1. George Daghlian

    This turmoil created will cause economic and tax loss that only adds to the debt. Just as we were seeing industry start to hire and workers paying in taxes, the Republicans let the air out of the tires. It was not bad enough they ran the economy into the ditch weeks before Obama came in. There are 200 democrats and 230 Republicans in the House. How is that a ruling majority.....it is only a spoiler number.

    October 6, 2013 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  2. dan

    10% across the board government spending sequester. turn the government money spending machine back on

    October 6, 2013 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  3. anonme111

    The debate is twisted.
    The current state of affairs and reasonable forecasts this is about one of only two things – have a ceiling or don't.
    If it keeps being raised, it's out of control.
    Counter point?

    October 6, 2013 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  4. CaliforniaAC

    NEWS FLASH! Ted Cruz is the republican talking to CNN and it is only a ploy to relieve the mounting pressure on the GOP with no intentions of dropping the defund Obamacare bone. The GOP is on the run so don't give them a way out, Mr President, until they open the government with no strings attached.

    October 6, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  5. DWS

    A reasonable ADULT solution! Fund the government, raise the debt ceiling then discuss any tweeks and/or fixes that need to be made to Obamacare. Surely it's time for the tea party republicans to put away their childish things, and come sit at the big boy table!

    October 6, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  6. skytag

    It's hard to believe these nimrods can't figure out that almost any budget would be better for the country than this constant bickering and fabricating financial crises out of thin air on a regular basis.

    October 6, 2013 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  7. Mitchell

    Question -what is the definition of stupidity?
    Answer: Making the same mistake over and over again.

    What is it exactly that these idiot don't get?

    If I performed to your standards at my job I wouldn't last a week.

    October 6, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  8. Driverdale

    no No NO to a Continuing Resolution. What makes anyone believe Congress will use the proposed 6 weeks to actually pass a budget?

    Pass a budget now.

    October 6, 2013 01:47 am at 1:47 am |
  9. srjsac

    Nope, not ready for more of the same in 6 more weeks. Time to put an end to this and not give in to the right wingnuts.

    October 6, 2013 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  10. Big Bird Johnson

    This is how politics should work. Let's compromise and heal the divide in America.

    October 6, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  11. Jack Be Humble

    I am tired of CRs. I would like to see Congress pass a well-thought-out budget for the fiscal year that started October 1, that cuts, painfully, everywhere that can be cut without destroying the government, economy, and social programs critical to our neediest.

    I am tired of threats to not increase the debt ceiling. I would like to see the debt ceiling abolished once and for all.

    Under the sanest and most rational approaches, we won't be able to balance the budget for 14-20 years; but if we never pass a budget, that enormous clock will never start ticking down.

    October 6, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  12. Anonymous

    Hey, No more 6 week crap. Repubs want a truce so they can regroup. Do not let them have it, end this now for good I do not want it again in 6 weeks.

    October 6, 2013 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  13. timmyuzzanti

    America is broke! No new programs. Eliminate existing programs. The only budget that should be passed by both parties is one that reduces our debt. We are on the verge of loosing our country!

    October 6, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  14. sgreco

    Oh come on. 6 weeks and we go through this all over again??

    I hope Obama rejects this. And if we cannot get a clean bill from the GOP soon, I think we need to seriously consider finding some mechanism in the law to remove them.

    This is ridiculous.

    October 6, 2013 02:12 am at 2:12 am |
  15. Brian in NJ

    Seems to me like some congressmen and senators are trying to save their asses for election day. Get it done now or get out of the seat.

    October 6, 2013 02:19 am at 2:19 am |
  16. Pat Higgins

    This is making a lose situation worse. The longer this continues, the more the public will be reminded that Republicans are putting politics in their own party ahead of the country. Tea party but no patriots!
    If the Democrats want to totally destroy Republicans in 2014, just let the Republicans keep screaming and extending for 6 weeks over and over again.
    Here is a win win situation. Republicans who are controlled by the Tea Party during the primary should run as Independents! They can tell radicals on right and left to go to Hell, and the majority in the middle, R's D;s and I's will elect them. They can then act responsibility and maybe the public will once again respect Congress

    October 6, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  17. iconoclast1

    This is exactly what Republicans want – to prolong the uncertainty as long as possible in order to undermine the economic recovery. This is probably why Senate Democrats agreed to the House's spending levels. You would think that once the House totally got their way on the budget, they might accept their victory and move on. But this misses the point of their entire strategy: sabotaging the recovery so they can blame Obama for not fixing Bush's mess quickly enough.

    October 6, 2013 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  18. Lela

    Aaaand we could try to drag all those politicians out the door, while they would claw onto the walls and hook their legs around their office tables: but that alone would not make them any smarter, shoot.

    October 6, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  19. LudwigVanB

    And then what happens? The six weeks are up, the Affordable Care Act is still intact, the Republican's make the same tired requests for concessions as before without being willing to concede anything themselves, the Democrats and the President say no, ... and we're right back to where we are right now. One thing is certain: the damage the Republicans are doing to themselves at this moment will be compounded enormously if there's another shutdown after six weeks. Part of me hopes they get to go ahead with it.

    October 6, 2013 02:30 am at 2:30 am |
  20. Brad H

    6 weeks?! That's it! I'm officially a democrat now and will vote a straight ticket for the democrats until I die.

    October 6, 2013 02:31 am at 2:31 am |
  21. Sick

    The republicans have known about this for the last 3 yrs. President Obama won re-election with the healthcare law being one of his priorities. They fought against it tooth and nail. They lost. They hoped the Supreme Court would find the law unconsitutional. They didn't. At this point I think their greatest fear is that the law will succeed and make them look bad. Because, if they really thought the law was going to be a massive failure, why not just let it ride and then when it failed, they would get to sit back and say "I told you so". They are trying to save face and are willing to make the country suffer to do it.

    October 6, 2013 02:39 am at 2:39 am |
  22. homer simpson

    How about a big selfie, America? Democracy in our time...or not.

    October 6, 2013 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  23. Tom Wittmann

    It seems that Mr. BOHN has not understood what the GOPPER propose or that this"senior Producer is able to write a coherent narrative

    October 6, 2013 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  24. DJ

    Good grief, pass a 6 week bill just so we can be right back here in mid November? Oh wait! Congress will have to take their Thanksgiving break... Yes, I can see this whole thing playing out again. No way, do your jobs and pass a real budget and pay our bills without holding anyone hostage.

    October 6, 2013 02:50 am at 2:50 am |
  25. Maripil

    There seems to be no end in sight as republicans refuse to fund Obamacare. Republicans do not care as they continue to get paid. These people are cowards.

    October 6, 2013 02:51 am at 2:51 am |
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