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. Anagram4wander

    Idea to balance the budget – cut the military – we simply can't afford it..

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Eugene in Seattle

    The Tea Party Republicans see that they are on the wrong side of the polling. How they are looking for a way to save their sorry backsides. Believe me the Tea Party is still going to fight the right of the people to have affordable health insurance.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. Are you kidding me?

    I am a republican and based on the last few years Every vote I cast will for Dems.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Darwin

    Why not make it "24 HOURS EXTENSION". Then they can have something useful to do each day and make even bigger fools of themselves. The Republican "playing chicken" strategy has only one outcome: Republican chicken roadkill.

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

    Bring the clear Continuing Resolution up for a vote, Boehner – it's THAT SIMPLE.

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

    This isn't kicking the can down the road, it's just a whiff.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  7. Bill in TX

    Who is funding the Tea Party? What do they have to gain? Are they a poliitical party or just a bunch of wackos? Holding the government from doing it work is a form of anarchy and possibly could be punished by law. Arrest them, indict them and put them on trial. Remove the stooge named as Speaker of the house and elect someone with morales and guts. Harry Truman would have had these idiots for lunch.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  8. Kay

    I thought when laws that pass are unpopular with the people, it is a golden opportunity for the other party to galvanize and win over more votes to win elections by laying out plans to reverse or modify those laws. In the GOP case, they know the law is going to be popular so they want to sabotage it before they lose their base even. Otherwise, they'd just let it pass and win the presidency in 2016 running on that ticket only.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. easchner

    This is all about saving face for the GOP. They aren't "caving" because they are now trying their best to have peaceful negotiations. So their backers will be supportive and wish them the best. Then in 6 weeks when most Americans have moved on to the next Kardashian 'outrage', they will pass a longer funding plan with maybe receiving a small concession or two and sweep it under the rug. In a year during the next midterms nobody will even remember this happened or why. If pressed they can just point to what little concession they did get and say it was a success.

    October 5, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  10. Sue

    So they basically will do this 6 week plan so they keep the government shut down ideologically. the Republican party has a party based on religious ideology and filled with Sociopath hostage takers. They can extend, all they want, we still know they're responsible for the government shut down and love every minute of it.

    October 5, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Bob

    Obama has failed in his leadership responsibilities....it's a shame. Yet the left wingers still support him like he was a god. LOL.

    October 5, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. Rick

    Sometimes on critical issues we fail to research our work. Congress has had issues in the past. In 1870 and again in 1884 the US Congress enacted The Antidificency Act (ADA) enacted in 1884. This ADA prevents the Executive Branch and US Congress from creating a law, contract or program that is not totally funded for the entire time, before hand. The program (Obama Care) cannot be implemented for a duration other than annually. The program is restricted from using volunteers (non paying individuals) in any way. Monies cannot be collected on an ongoing basis to support the programs operations. So now what are we even trying to implement this program if it is going to break the law ?

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

    I have a strong feeling (and believe) that if the GOP had some thoughts on how to improve the ACA, the President would be willing to listen.

    October 5, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  14. eciam

    Very DUMP Limited Idea!
    Get over (it) GOP, you tried 41 times. Can you please do your job and move on to other issues!

    October 5, 2013 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  15. What's in that tea anyway?

    Awww the little Tea critters are putting forward a temp. stop gap measure so we can listen to them whine in only 6 short weeks. The Tea Pee your pants party is useless as the RWNJs supporting this hot mess. This country has now displayed we have an inadequate educational system...mostly the red states

    October 5, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Are you kidding me?

    If the GOP preset this bill they must add a tax provision on gas companies and anyone making $2M and above. If the GOP want to say they are listening to us then they should be taxing the wealthy as the majority of us have asked for in order to cut the deficit.

    October 5, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  17. Ryno

    A middle-of-the-road kind of guy or gal? Still voting Republican because your candidate "isn't like those tea partiers"? Guess what? You've been duped. A vote for any Republican is a vote for the tea party.

    October 5, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  18. Granite Hope

    I say keep the government shut down. Confidence in government will decrease the longer this shutdown lasts, and that means spending cuts will be supported by the public, who will likely rely less on government jobs and more on the private sector (as they should).
    This can do nothing but benefit Republicans in the end, because BOTH parties - Democrats AND Republicans, are responsible for passing budgets. The Democrats have failed just as much as the Republicans. Had the Senate not have altered the HoR spending bill and Obama signed it, we wouldn't even be talking about this. The government would be funded, and we could be talking about the debt ceiling right now.
    So, yeah, blame can be put on both parties with equally valid logic. The thing is, government is going to lose a lot of trust.
    Good thing, too. Capitalism rules over socialism.

    October 5, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  19. HallLadyK

    6 weeks? What a joke. That is no way to run the greatest country on this planet!

    October 5, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. Shimmity

    Obamacare is Law but it holds no water if it is not funded. Keep it unfunded. We don't need this mistake and the middle class shouldn't have to pay for the poor choices of those who "cannot afford health care".

    October 5, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. TED DAVEY

    the gop is owned by the ins cos and the rich so they dont like it limits ins cos profits and puts sm tax on rich

    October 5, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. eciam

    Pl;ease tell Us GOP, why just (6) months!
    After (6) months the GOP Shuts down the Government again when they can't get there way.

    October 5, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. Lenny Pincus

    Just vote in the House for a clean CR. It will pass, which is called majority rule.

    October 5, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  24. Edwin

    This is a compromise which is distasteful to both parties. It does nothing to further the republican agenda, and it gives the democrats no promise that it won't happen again, The only people who benefit are the American citizens. who will stop bearing the burden of political games – if only for a little while.

    In summary, then, it is GOOD. Not perfect, but worth voting for.

    October 5, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  25. darth's daughter

    Raising that debt limit is tantamount to the United States going bankrupt, why, back door banking for free political presents aka the hand out, all under the guise of obama health care!

    October 5, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
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