GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
10 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.


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soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. Marco

    Well I see Obama is still paying his shills to hawk his position on this site. Meanwhile he's closed monuments around the country that wouldn't cost a dime to remain open. He's also trying to close a bay in Florida. He's a mean spirited, spiteful thug in the tradition of good ole' Chicago.

    October 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Please tell House Speaker Cruz he can shove his extension where it belongs.

    October 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Kyle

    You got mud on your face.
    You big disgrace.
    Kicking your can all over the place.

    October 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  4. Mike Texoma

    I think the decision turns on what is behind the proposal. If this is a face saving proposal, let's do it. It is not likely the GOP will want to take the beating again in 6 weeks. But if this is just another strategy, then let the tea baggers twist.

    October 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  5. Steve S

    So the GOP 'battle plan' in the House, was a suicide Banzai charge???

    Why am I not surprised...........................................

    October 5, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  6. boptist23

    Hold fast Mr. President. Don't bow down to these idiots one more time.

    October 5, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  7. Thomas

    How much is this in action costing the American people ?

    October 5, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Lamar

    The government needs to raise the dept ceiling AGAIN simply because buying votes to stay in power costs more than they have to spend. Left wing nut jobs can't comprehend the concept, like complaining teenagers, it's just "gimme gimmie gimmie" or I'll stomp my feet and run away. GROW UP. You are selling your children's future to pay for the top 2% and the bottom feeders who are gaming the system.

    October 5, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. betty

    Bush raised the debt ceiling 18 times. Just saying, stop trying to make this an Obama thing when it is a presidential thing.

    October 5, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Dennis

    Watch as the GOP folds.

    October 5, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. NonSilentMajority

    The END of the GOP is near if this continues. GoodBYE!

    October 5, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Thomas Francis Washington

    This is all a ruse. This is being done to further polarize people politically until they are "forced" into thinking the only solutions are violent (out of desperation). Don't be fooled America. We are a strong people and we need solidarity and community to work this out together. Our elected officials aren't satisfactorily doing their jobs that we hired them to do. They need to feel the threat of impeachment. They need to sense the urgency in us to act. Let them know. Tell them.

    October 5, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    "The American people elected their representatives to make their lives easier, not harder." – President Obama

    What is it about this that the GOP – specifically the tea folks – don't get?!?

    October 5, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  14. David B

    Hang Boehner. No Chestnuts roasting by an open fire for the GOP. They get to have Boehners Nuts roasted instead. Happy Eating GOP!

    October 5, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. jim infl

    tea party = losers

    October 5, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. jerry

    Remember the public option?
    We already compromised and passed this bill. You want to open negotiations again? Fine, the public option and expanding medicare are back on the table.

    October 5, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Where is my pal "just sayin/just askin/freedom" today? Did the group home take away his internet privileges?

    October 5, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  18. Manuel J.

    Many of you obviously missed your U.S. History & Government classes. The Senate, House, & Presidency are a checks-and-balances system to help prevent mismanagement, etc.

    BECAUSE the Dem's had TOTAL control of ALL three in 2010, they ran Obamacare down everyone's throat BEFORE READING WHAT WAS IN IT.

    Consequently, we're living with the results of Democrats on a Legislative drunk.

    October 5, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. Roger

    How many times has our president made spending cuts since he's been in office ? 4-5 times. Hasn't he also cut our defaset spending in half. All that while the wealthest of Americans sent most of the jobs over-seas, or laid off some, to all of their workers, most of who STILL can't find a job. Then those same wealthy Americans put their profits in foreign banks, where they save in taxes. Then, we have CORPERATE STIMULUS PACKAGES for fortune 500 companies. Yes, we really do give Exxon Mobil a $600 MILLION TAX BREAK, cause there's no way could get by on their $ 453.123 million in revenus for 2012 . I have beleave that we could find a better use for that $600 million. And Exxon Mobil is only 1 of these charity cases. Those poor rich folks, how will they survive !

    October 5, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  20. Steve Freedom

    We need the government closed, we need default, we need to fire both parties, we need to break up this mess and let the states choose their own future. Wake up, the revolution is just around the corner and likely brewing next door to you.

    October 5, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    These people are neglegent and irresponsible from the white house down. If they worked for me i would fire them all and start over with better workers. oops. the secret service is at my door. farewell. lol.

    October 5, 2013 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  22. Jeff

    The left wing nut jobs are taking the "my way or the highway" approach. Obama has completely failed in his leadership responsibilities.

    October 5, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  23. ThinkAgain

    "All Boehner had to do was tell the extremists in his party to cool their heels and to work with moderates to keep the government running."

    That would require Boehner to grow a pair first, which he is apparently incapable of doing.

    October 5, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  24. RandyNewnan23

    Yeah, lets do this every week, NOT. Six weeks is a blink of the eye. This craziness will become the perpetual norm if they don't pass an extended agreement.

    October 5, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  25. owl905

    Good idea. Do it. Nothing will get accomplished, but it will be deadlock with the Government operating instead of deadlock with the Government not working. And in six weeks, the T Baggers force another shutdown with the whole country watching.
    Call it TeaGround Day. Tell them its 'free advertising'. They love their 'free stuff'.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
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