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.


Filed under: Government Shutdown • House • House Republicans • national debt
soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. Justin From Canton, Ohio

    Any day now pumpkins. I'd love to go back to work.

    October 5, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. AmericaFirst

    So after all that rebel bluster, you're going to accept the Senate and President's advice to DO YOUR FREAKING JOBS!!!! Republicans need to get over the Tea Baggers destroying the Party and the Country once and for all. No traitors allowe.d

    October 5, 2013 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Bill

    The Plan du Jour
    by the disingenuous and obstructive House GOP

    October 5, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. JJ

    Toldya. The repukes and loon teagaggers will cave. You can cling to the bus as long as you want, but in the end, it's gone and has left you behind.

    October 5, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. oldsoldierboy

    Shutdown supporters support it because they say it doesn't affect them. Yet when it does affect them (like the individual mandate) they holler about it for years and cry like babies. How hypercritical is that?

    October 5, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. DonInPLB

    Good Lord, this idea has been on the lips of everyone in the media prior to this whole fiasco taking place and now the Republicans have the unmitigated gall to act like it's an original thought on their part? The "continuing resolution" was created legitimately to cover a period of time while the actual budget was being constructed for enactment. Now the ENTIRE agenda is the continuing resolution. What now? Do we need to pass an amendment for when they can't magae to pass the temporary resolution. Where does it end!! LOL

    October 5, 2013 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. Mike

    $crew Boener and his Tea Party minions. I hope Congress stands firm.

    October 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  8. John W.

    GOP = Terrorists Hold a gun to someone's head because you don't like a law. Only in this case the gun is pointed at the American people!

    October 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  9. Disgusted

    We need to do like Israel and if the legislature does not produce a budget by a certain time, then they go to elections. And, they always get a budget.

    October 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. Ray in Seattle

    No. The time to break this is now. The republicans have legitimate policy ideas....but they were rejected by the voters in 2012. The precedent that a minority sitting on a choke point can crash the economy unless their demands are met must not be allowed. This represents a dismantling of our democratic system....and will set us on a course of permanent chaos. Crush this now. Pay the bills. Create a normal budget (not a stupid continuing resolution) and take your ideas to the voters.

    October 5, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. SmallBizGuy

    For all the posts that say "John Boehner should allow a vote" there is a counter argument that "Harry Reid should allow a vote". The Democrats used procedural maneuvering to get the ACA passed, Scott Brown was elected to the Senate and would have stopped it had Harry Reid brought the bill to the floor. How do they like it now when their tactics are used against them? Only liberals hate the Republicans. Their base loves them for this. Every day the Government is shutdown we see a cruel and mean spirited administration try to do everything they can to make things as painful as possible. We also see how much fat there really is in government. If you think these people give one hoot about you – you are so misguided it's pathetic.

    October 5, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Sick of it All

    Agreed. This is just an attempt by the Republicans to buy some time to figure out how they can blame the Democrats. They own this mess. Stop trying to "get something out of this" and do the right thing by getting the Government back in operation. Whatever happened to "Country First"?

    October 5, 2013 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. mike

    I am totally against, no budget and no raising debt unless obamacare is defunded. Default is fine and is not a big deal, we should do whatever it takes to defund Obamacare.

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Anonymous

    it is the democrats that want this country to fail. THEY are the ones that are holding the entire country hostage.
    Was it not obama in 2008 that said raising the debt limit was irresponsible – guess that was so yesterday
    The democrats want this country to fail so they can turn this great country into a third world banana republic
    Reid is insane – so i heard on the street

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Martin Angell

    We need this Partial govt shutdown to be PERMANENT. Our government is spending too much, and Congress and especially the President are drowning us in debt. Thanks, Obama, for the $18 trillion and counting DEBT you're giving us. You obviously haven't a clue how to cut government spending in a bloated government.

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    I really don't like that the House is cherry picking the things they want to fund. What right do they have to "bypass" funding Obamacare, since it's been legally passed. Every one of these reps should lose their jobs.

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  17. Greenpa

    PLEASE god- please tell me there are NO dimocrats dim enough to fall for this!!! "We can keep fighting about this forever and getting nothing done; or, do what the MAJORITY has already voted for- a zillion times- today." Golly- what do YOU tell your 2-year old when he's throwing a tantrum??

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  18. spokkerjones

    A short shutdown seems fine with me. I'm not even a pure white rich male and it seems like it would take a few months to see some real effects.

    I think the strategies of both parties are perfectly valid. Each side wants what they want and are not budging. No law is ever really settled in my opinion.

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  19. John J.

    Oh good – we can have the same crisis again in 6 weeks. How wonderful

    October 5, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. JDinHouston

    Tea Party – ENOUGH! The only option you have is to destroy the country. Is that really what you and the Republicans want? Clearly there is no chance the Senate or the President will enact anything the Tea Party Republicans send that attempts to do a line item veto of already approved legislation, no matter how many gimmicks Tea Party Republicans try to use. Do you really hate the President so much that you are willing to destroy the country in your Quixotic attempt to make him look bad?

    October 5, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  21. Ctrygrl

    It is sensible, no way the tea party will vote for it. Does Boehner knuckle under or not?

    October 5, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  22. Doug Bo

    This is all the result of the Citizens United decision. If that hadn't happened these guys wouldn't be in office and we wouldn't be here. A+B=C, pretty simple

    October 5, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  23. easchner

    This is solely so the GOP can save face. They "came to their senses" and enter "peaceful negotiations". Then in six weeks when the average American has forgotten about what just happened they can pass a clean (or at least much cleaner with maybe a minor concession or two) and nobody will ever remember they essentially caved. If they caved now it looks bad, if they can manage to push it off for a month and a half they can do it quietly and sweep it under the rug.

    October 5, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Dogs tooth

    Take Reid and Polosi and give them a farewell party

    October 5, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    The democrats led by insane Harry need to think back to 2008 when obama said raising the debt limit was irresponsible

    October 5, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
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