GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
1 year 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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  1. AntiChrist

    NO! It is either pass the spending limit and fund the Government or nothing at all. After they pass the bill then work on repairing the economy. Stop playing games with our lives you paid politicians who get paid when the government shuts down.

    October 6, 2013 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  2. igetmynewsfromjohnstewart

    Sorry. I'm glad that both of these parties did this. It is time to put us back on track financially. Why haven't we had a budget in the five years Obama was president? Why are we constantly lied to? I am not better off now. My pay has not gone up to cover things my family needs. Thanks to this administration I am now poorer. I believe that if those in power a tually had to pay into things Luke social security, had a reasonable wage and did not exempt themselves from things that the common worker has to shoulder, then maybe I could trust my government. And I totally forgot to mention the great pension each member gets for the rest of their lives. I get a bankrupt social security to help me financially later on.

    October 6, 2013 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  3. Mike S

    I just read where Congress is beginning to plan for the Thanksgiving break. BREAK?? Is it even possible to take a break from doing nothing??

    October 6, 2013 03:18 am at 3:18 am |
  4. Mark

    Think about this, this passes and 6 weeks comes up.. so we can have this exact same fight.. you guessed it.. at CHRISTMAS.... OH HELL NO!!!... Thats bull!!!...Thanks but no thanks.. fund the damn government...and make it a year...I am sick of seeing this fight every 6 weeks to 3 months...UGH!!

    October 6, 2013 03:19 am at 3:19 am |
  5. PAllen

    First, we are not gonna default. We take in more than enough tax revenue to cover our mandatory spending, so the thought that we will default is wrong. But the POSSIBILITY of a default does exist, and that's what frightens people, corporations and other countries that buy our debt, that's the real worry is that they'll see us as a bad risk and not invest in us, which means no more borrowing, which means discretionary spending will be derailed drastically, which some Conservatives say is a great idea, until all the the things that people take for granted are cut off. If you think a partial shutdown is bad, and that gridlock now is bad, wait until we can't borrow anymore money, and the Federal gov't starts gutting departments, ALL departments, not just the one's either side wants. I agree that the budget needs to be brought under control, but it has to be across the board cuts, no favorites, and it's has get fraud, waste and abuse under control. Readdress the tax code.
    Then the second point is, I agree with President Obama, about the clean CR and debt ceiling, because these issues should have been brought up in the regular legislative process, and addressed along with the Congress doing it's job in the time frame allowed to pass the budget according to the law, but they didn't, now the Tea Party Republicans are trying to force a compromise on their terms because of their refusal to compromise on a budget during the year. It's about principles and procedures and governing, it REALLY NOT about the ACA.

    October 6, 2013 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  6. JCFinley1

    The more I read about this from wherever, CNN, FOX, BBC and so on. It is time to pass an actual spending bill, no more continuing resolutions, no more drama and the debt ceiling should be taken care of. And right now I blame my party for the problem. Boehner does not deserve to be speaker and second in line after Biden. I would not vote for him ever now. Mitch McConnell should look at himself in the mirror, he is an old and ugly dixiecrat/dixiecan and also doesn't deserve the position he holds. Feels like we are back in the days of LBJ where he knew so much about everybody that nobody dared cross him. I did not like LBJ.

    October 6, 2013 03:28 am at 3:28 am |
  7. John

    6 weeks. that's a joke right? Why not do the right thing and make it for 6months or more. anything else is irreponsible

    October 6, 2013 03:36 am at 3:36 am |
  8. Name Uche Agonsi

    The idea might sound anyhow to anybody, but it sounds foolish to me. Firstly, there is already crisis. Secondly, if your expecting the additional crisis from the debt ceiling, forget it. Like I said before the Repubs would dare any debt crisis that would cause another recession or even depression ( according to Regan, recession is when job loss affects your neighbour, depression is when it affects you ). Mr. President will not commit any tax payers money and time in curing the problems of these Teatrolls......... Such problem, in other words is OUTSIDE Obamacare.

    October 6, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  9. Richwood

    Hopefully the six week plan is for the GOP to clean out there offices.,sell their homes, and move to Iran where they will be welcomed as fellow warriors against America

    October 6, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  10. Sharkmann

    No, GOP you lost your power when you decided to let the Tea Party rule you.

    October 6, 2013 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  11. mike

    The GOP is a Zombie party, neither dead or alive.

    October 6, 2013 04:01 am at 4:01 am |
  12. davefrompalmsprings

    We can only play Russian Roulette with the Brink for so long before we fall off. Anything short of producing a Budget for an entire year will be doomed to failure. And since whatever we decide effects the future of the entire world economy, then the entire world has to agree. I'm sure that this will be a little disconcerting to some US politicians, to put it mildly!

    October 6, 2013 04:13 am at 4:13 am |
  13. davefrompalmsprings

    We cannot play Russian Roulette with the Brink over, and over again and not expect to fall off the cliff. We need to fund an entire fiscal year. Nothing less will ever work.

    October 6, 2013 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  14. John Roebuck

    None of us was around to watch Rome fall and only few of us saw the end of the British empire, so we should all watch this piece of history carefully.

    The US is slowly but surely going down the same path . It is tearing itself and its empire apart. It's political system is corrupt to the core and controlled by lobbyists and a hidden plutocracy. It overreaching and overweening imperial ambitions have now reached the point where the rest of the world hates the US for forcing its self righteous, self centred, chauvinistic policies on it – policies that the US can no longer afford to enforce and maintain. Internally, it is being torn asunder by hyper-conservatives and hyper-liberals who care more about their 15 minutes of fame more than the needs of the people. The only question is whether the collapse of the US takes the rest of the world's economy with it.

    Watch this space!

    October 6, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  15. Sharon Cooper

    Publish the names besides Boehner, Cruz and Cantor of those extreme Republicans who number the thirty five knuckleheads holding us hostages. Let us see the faces and congressional districts that supported these folks, so we know who we can hold accountable. Sherry in Arizona

    October 6, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  16. SallyinChicago

    The president already said he wouldn't accept a short-term funding. It makes no sense to do the funding piecemeal and I hope he sticks to his guns. The Republicans overplayed their hand. Most of them are junior congressmen and have never been through a shut down before. So boys, this is what it looks like.

    October 6, 2013 05:53 am at 5:53 am |
  17. JAMES CHUNG

    Stop this ugly games!
    Our journalists (most of them purchased and owned by the 1% rich) mentioned just a little of this, the "Tea Party", a core section of our Congress, started and hold this Shutdown. But almost none of them pointed out that the Tea Party was, and still is bankrolled by Rupert Murdoch, Koch Brothers, and other 1% riches.
    Not long ago, the Supreme Court (also just about owned by the 1%) ruled in their favor too. All the industrial and business firms could make unlimited political donations. Practically, the rich 1%, are allowed to purchase our political and legal system to execute whatever their agenda is . Their hand raised Tea Party is doing exactly that right now.
    This 1% rich "stole" so much money from us through their hired,and controlled Congress which schemed and tailored all the rules, laws, and tax laws for their advantage. From 1980 Reagan time till now, They, 1% riches, racked in 43% of all our money (national financial wealth) already. The next 9% owns 30%. And the half of us, a whole 50%, owns (shrunk to) only 1% of all the money in this nation. In fact, all the journalist helped them repeatedly lying about the half truth; they paid most of the tax( may be the numbers, but absolutely not the right proportion). The other half of hide away truth is that they stole almost all the spendable "income". So, when we got poorer and less, how could we pay much or any tax? This is the very reason Mitt Romney insisted not to reveal his tax return records during the election. Because he and his rich friends stole so much, and cheated to pay so little proportion of tax.
    Most of all, after the 1% and the next 9% got their wealth exploded in last thirty years, and the rest of the population got nothing left, how could any recessions get lifted and recovered?
    And yet, they still lined up all their controlled legislation, legal system, and their purchased media to keep spreading the lie that we (the exploited ones) broke the nation's economy. Therefore, they squeeze even harder and harder on us by cutting our life time saved meager retirement, medicare, and the others. Their greed simply wants more.
    Wake up, the whole USA, get the truth and right actions together, reshape this nation. Otherwise, a real Tea Party revolution might be forced to erupt and explode.

    October 6, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  18. d

    It's reassuring to know the terrorists can't take away our freedom, let us die awaiting surgery, take away our cars and houses, and throw our starving widows and orphans into the streets. ONLY OUR GOVERNMENT CAN DO THAT!

    1,000,000 disabled veterans in backlog, 911 1st responders dying of cancer the government won't pay for a decade later, and now our widows and orphans will be thrown in the streets while their father waits on a surgery that never comes, all while our leaders cut this country up a little finer to split between themselves.

    Here's hoping every politician in Washington has a run-in with a disabled veteran they've betrayed, and gets treated to a wall-to-wall counseling session they'll never forget. It's no wonder they had the DHS CLASSIFY DISABLED VETERANS AS TERRORISTS. They were planning for the future.

    When our leaders do more damage than our enemies, it's high time we start calling them TERRORISTS as well. At least it would be accurate–unlike their labeling our veterans TERRORISTS.

    If the most salient feature of a terrorist is his ability to terrify, there's nothing to even discuss. I'm a lot more afraid of our leaders than our enemies. At least with enemies, I know what to expect, and the Army would give me a medal for shooting him.

    What do you do when a country's leaders are doing more damage than the enemy?

    October 6, 2013 06:32 am at 6:32 am |
  19. disanitnodicos

    Tax whining.

    October 6, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |
  20. Yer Outta Here

    They're floating a "6 week plan" because they want to get this out of the media until after the November election – here in Northern Virginia we have a few Republicans running for something or other – they are running scared – one of them just sent out a flyer noting his "bipartisanship, a first for this conservative. He will be toast soon.

    Not unexpectedly, The Me-Too Media hasn't picked up on the Republican's reason for the 6-week delay.

    October 6, 2013 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  21. zelskid

    This crisis has no end in sight

    October 6, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  22. zelskid

    Absolutely no end in sight

    October 6, 2013 07:34 am at 7:34 am |
  23. Jerry Schull

    Folks, we need a workable budget. The Radical element would want an overnight fix. This just isn't going to happen. I say gradual predictable change is the best approach. As long as everyone knows what to expect we can plan for it.

    1) Repeal the Bush era tax giveaway. But do it gradually, say over 5 years in equal chunks.
    2) Scale back our bloated military budget. Again, do this over a period of time. The military complex scale back will be a tough one, in that both Dems and Repubs have a stake in this game. The fact is a bloated military does Main Street no good.
    3) Modify the ACA to disallow free Emergency Room treatment for anyone who doesn't have medical insurance. "You NO pay, You NO Play" Show them the door. As long as the Free ER treatment is available, there will be illegals and others that will suck off of our system and our medical insurance plans will continue to spiral up in cost.

    People, we need more income and less expenditure. It's not a one or the other.

    October 6, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. TAJ

    All the libs can do is criticize every plan the GOP puts out there. I understand why. Here's Obama's plan:

    President Barack Obama has joined the ongoing debate surrounding the NFL's Washington Redskins and their nickname, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.

    In a recent interview, President Obama admitted that nicknames like the "Redskins" can offend large groups of people. He also conceded that he doesn't believe fans of Washington's football team are out to mock or offend Native Americans.

    Essentially, Obama didn't pick a side, instead stating the facts that must be taken into consideration:

    I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things. I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so.

    October 6, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  25. S. B. Stein

    If it is only a CR that includes a raising of the debt limit, then that should be voted on. There should be nothing else attached to the CR.

    October 6, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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