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.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House • House Republicans • national debt
soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. Steven Colo

    How about the extension last until November 2014, so we can vote the obstructionist fools out and get some Congresscritters that can govern without blocking everything?

    October 6, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. William

    It seems that many on here have lost sight of the fact that the current CR before the House and Senate would expire on 15 November 2013....this at least takes us through November. To be sure the debt ceiling needs to be dealt with immediately and for an extensive period of time - at least a year. A longer CR period would allow the Senate time to move Appropriations bills to the floor and to conference.

    October 6, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. cmando

    Mr. Boehner spoke today on ABC News. He is waffling – now the "conversation" he wants to have is on general debt issues, not Obamacare. Baby Boomers and social security, not Obamacare.

    The levee is leaking ....

    October 6, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  4. David Busi

    I LOVE how Republican's hang their hat on government spending – the bills and the debt limit – yet the same IDIOTS are the ones who RACE to CUT TAXES – also of course DEFUNDING the government and CREATING the crisis they blame the Democrats for. Elections matter and the people have spoken – only the republican terrorists and that is what they are are not listening. We do not negotiate with terrorists and we don not negotiate with republicans either – in this case it is the same thing. It is time to send Seal Team Six into the house and clean up this mess.

    October 6, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  5. Mr_Blunder

    The 6 week proposal has just one purpose, to give the Republicans some breathing room and reduce the heat by their failure. Time heals, well in their mind it may but we all know it's BS. If the GOP can't present anything other than closing government while only proposing the piecemeal, narrow focused funding that further divides the nation by pitting neighbor against neighbor, this is just a waste of time.

    October 6, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    What a stupid idea, so the GOP can drag the country through this every six weeks. The GOP proves they ARE the garbage of America every day !!!!!!

    October 6, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  7. Dr. Jay Polmar

    VIEW FROM THE RADICAL CRAZY SIDE:
    1. Any creditor that forecloses or repossesses or harms a furloughed US gov't worker, over debt that is under 2 months late shall be called a traitor and shall be hung until dead.
    2. Any congressman who does not recognize the SUPREME power of the SUPREME COURT and the COMMANDER IN CHIef, AND their own votes passing the affordable healthcare act should be judged a TRAITOR to America and be hung until dead.

    Those presidential orders would save a lot of time and Tea Party bullsit. hang a tea party republication until dead and take the rope and dip it into the Boston Bay – then you have a real Tea Party using Tea Party Member's Members.

    October 6, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Stop the Madness

    Our leaders need to learn how to compromise. We are approaching 17 million dollars in debt. Both parties need to make concessions. Obamacare, in it's present state, will bankrupt the country.

    October 6, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  9. dadatruth

    No more short time fizzles. Either confront the issues or put in people who can. Congress should be given its walking papers now. It is apparent that it cannot deal with the situation. They are making the US the laughing stock of the world and are collapsing what is left of a decaying society.

    October 6, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. drchemy

    let's keep it closed. I'm enjoying my paid vacation.

    October 6, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. bill dixon

    Talk about nickel-diming, kicking the can down the road. They've had the whole year to become tractable and haven't; why would they become so in six more weeks? A deplorable situation, which needs a lasting solution to avoid forever such a travesty as we have suffered for many years.

    October 6, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Woman In California

    @ Dr. Jay Polmar

    Well said sir. I couldn't agree more with you.

    October 6, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. sayer

    Vote the Repubs out of congress!

    October 6, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  14. Tom Blier

    Heard some radio station propose all American's stop paying federal taxes until a deal is done.

    October 6, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Raf

    I never vote for a Repunlican ever again.

    October 6, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    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. One thing I learned early in life was to not make promises I could not keep. Why haven't the republicans learned this simple life lesson.

    October 6, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  17. Dave

    The republicans weren't talking about debt and spending the whole time W was in office cutting taxes and fighting two massively expensive wars all the while racking up debt. And they all took stimulus money for their pet projects back home. They are so disgusting they need to go. Can't the president send a few drones to fix this? I bet one for Boehner, Cruz and Cantor would end this impasse.

    October 6, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Romnesia

    China is loving this...just speeding up the process for them(google for Chinese university professor speech about the fall of the u.s). .

    October 6, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Mark

    This meets the Democratic demands that the gun be withdrawn from their heads on the debt ceiling and government funding. Then, negotiate on sensible issues and both sides should make concessions. Make movement on revenue like closing loopholes and chain CPI for SS increases.

    Obamacare is off the table. Win the Senate and Presidency GOP and then you can repeal it.

    October 6, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. independant jim

    Its tgime for democrats to just say NO

    October 6, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  21. m

    shut er down and default. let the teahaddists have their way.

    October 6, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. GWB

    Kruz is another shinig example of the depths that radical Tea Party politicians will sink to in their disgusting effort to obstruct President Obama. Ever since their loss in 2012, their ONLY intent has been to delay, damage, and undo ANY attempt by the President to help America recover after the Republican owned banks nearly ruined the economy. Kruz is worse than a terrorist. He's a turncoat.

    October 6, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  23. Larry282

    I don't care what the Republicans do. The Tea Party should be turned over to Homeland Security as a terrorist organization. Period!

    October 6, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. rdbeard

    Dems and Obama should negotiate and counter the 6 week offer with an offer of the Senate plan for 51 weeks, 6 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes.

    October 6, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The Republicans do not want to compromise. Once they got the CR they wanted (that is, one at the sequester levels), what did they do, they said we also want Obamacare repealed. They are Lucy to the White House's Charlie Brown. They say they want to negotiate and compromise, but as soon as the White House moves in their direction they either don't move at all, or they even move their bid backwards (e.g., the Obamacare repeal). They agree to negotiate but they refuse to compromise at all. That is not negotiating. When their position is to cut to a certain specific level, but not cut defense, and not agree to any tax increase, only being willing to negotiate details of how to spend that amount, that is not negotiating.

    October 6, 2013 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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