(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.
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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.
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.
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!
Just curious .... Wonder what the comments will be if Ted Cruz is elected president next election
The housing bust was caused by the Government involvement. I wonder the effect on our Health Care system? Will it go bust to???
Hey republicans! I thought this wasn't some damn game?????
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.
Non-starter. Why would either side want it?
I know Mr Boehner is looking for an escape hatch, but this isn't it.
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.
I just can't wait to vote these Republicans out of office in the next election. They're all crooks!!!
Tea party is the party of al Sabah
Just get it together people... remember this is supposed to be the UNITED States of America. Get UNITED!!! You crazy crybaby Republicans!
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.
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.
Band-Aid on a gushing head-wound. It does take us past local November elections. Maybe the Repub's do have a game plan.
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.
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."?
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.
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!
Let's go from 'short-sighted' to 'shorter-sighted'.
Jeepers. What are they thinking?
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!
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.
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.
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?
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.
6 weeks???????? And in six weeks we'll have this cr@pola again. Not thanks. I'm not an Obama fan by far, but to change how everything works you have to wine elections people of the GOP. This is not how you get back the vote of people in the middle like me