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
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  1. Anonymous

    Bank your ire against the Republicans like hot coals and save it for the 2014 and 2016 elections. If you hold them responsible for the current mess, then punish them politically. Crippling their influence will make them less attractive to corporate donors..

    October 5, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Mathprof

    Please tell me I am dreaming. Congress already spent the money-it has to be paid back. As for the "no more debt" cry, every country, town, college, business, and regular folk borrow (and pay back) money routinely to operate. If we had to pay cash for everything, the economy would collapse. Borrowing is part and parcel of everyday modern life. Paying interest on debt certainly reduces discretionary income, which motivates many of us to use credit judiciously-home loan, car loan, college loan, etc.

    October 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. silfies8900

    I thought Boehner said THIS WASN'T SOME DAMN GAME...????? Sounds like the republicans are the only ones playing a game, and they aren't winning either!

    October 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Charlie

    Just curious .... Wonder what the comments will be if Ted Cruz is elected president next election

    October 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  5. getonem

    The housing bust was caused by the Government involvement. I wonder the effect on our Health Care system? Will it go bust to???

    October 5, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  6. silfies8900

    Hey republicans! I thought this wasn't some damn game?????

    October 5, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  7. Jacob Goldberg

    This country is only for the rich and is controlled by special interests like health insurance corporations who do not want to see the poor and middle classes have a better life. The Affordable Health Care Act is a way to keep their outrangeous prices for shuffling papers down.

    October 5, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. jimatmad

    Non-starter. Why would either side want it?

    I know Mr Boehner is looking for an escape hatch, but this isn't it.

    October 5, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. Laughing

    As recently reported, it's the Dems who don't want the shutdown to end "because we're winning."
    You've got Adolph Obama refusing to negotiate.
    Then there's his loyal minion Harry "Why should we help kids with cancer" Himmler.
    And of course the clueless party clown Nancy "We have to pass it to find out what's in it" Goerring.

    October 5, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Tee

    I just can't wait to vote these Republicans out of office in the next election. They're all crooks!!!

    October 5, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  11. American

    Tea party is the party of al Sabah

    October 5, 2013 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. works4me

    Just get it together people... remember this is supposed to be the UNITED States of America. Get UNITED!!! You crazy crybaby Republicans!

    October 5, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  13. Danny

    Four years with a Libertarian President and majority in Congress is all it would take to fix all these problems, but no, lets just keep electing Democrats and Republicans just so we can see how bad it can actually get.

    October 5, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  14. AmericaFirst

    The GOP lost the PRESIDENCY, THE SENATE despite most seats open being Democrat, and more votes were cast for DEMOCRATS in the House. So WHY, does this inane party, further controlled by a small minority known as "Tea" have any say in anything done. GO AWAY TEA SLAGS, JUST RUN AND HIDE. Cry in the closet. You lost BIG TIME.

    October 5, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. K Bob

    Band-Aid on a gushing head-wound. It does take us past local November elections. Maybe the Repub's do have a game plan.
    Try again.

    October 5, 2013 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. jimatmad

    Sure! Let's just vote once a day on whether to pay our bills.

    No, that would require that Congress have to show up at work.

    October 5, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Mike

    So the proposal here is to put this fight off 6 weeks? Do I have that right?

    Why go through another 4 days of shutdown just to arrive back to this point, when we could just soldier on and do things right?

    Or is the answer "because, in the next fight, we can always just sign another _6 week_ agreement."?

    October 5, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Some guy

    Let's see..............

    2.8 million people sign up for Affordable Care on the very first day that the exchange opens.
    The yearly national debt is down 50% through the first 9 months of the year.

    Does Speaker Cruz really think that he's going to win this? GOP is lost. The Tea Party is driving away moderates, like me, who would have considered voting for them, Moderates and independents have no place in today's GOP.

    October 5, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. blake

    Why does the GOP roll over and play dead every time they encounter resistance from the Democrats and far left media? They desperately need new conservative leadership with some backbone. This is disgusting!

    October 5, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. jimatmad

    Let's go from 'short-sighted' to 'shorter-sighted'.

    Jeepers. What are they thinking?

    October 5, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. World Traveller

    No!!! Stay strong GOP! Don't let Dirty Harry win with his Cloture trick. If Dirty Harry would allow a straight up vote of the original house bill it would pass the Senate. He is just protecting NoBama from a veto!

    October 5, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. Justin H

    I don't like the idea at all. They (meaning the House, the Senate, and the President) need to quit with these short term fixed and actually work on a long term solution. This six week stop-gap just means they kick the problem down the road a few weeks and start the charade all over again.

    October 5, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  23. AmericaFirst

    Which Party had more votes in 2012 for President? Which Party had more votes for Senate? Which Party had more votes for Congress? Case closed – we have no business allowing a treasounous, traitorous small band of loud mouths suppress the majority. Throw the TEA overboard.

    October 5, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  24. Peg


    They are going to extend the anxiety and uncertainty through the shopping season to try to decrease GDP growth so they can try to blame the slowdown on the ACA?


    October 5, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. John

    So we can go through this all again a few weeks before Christmas! A least take it to the New Year, then we can start the New Year wrong! At least we get a few month break.

    October 5, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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