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. Virginia

    Please Congress, no more delay and no more gimicks. Pass a bill to end the shutdown and fund the debt for the next fiscal year. This constant turmoil is good for nothing (like the economy and US international reputation) and good for no one (like the American people and the Republican brand).

    October 5, 2013 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  2. George

    No negotiation on ACA.

    October 5, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  3. Birchview

    We have a total failure of leadership from all sides. Obama was elected to lead us and while he did win the election, he wasn't awarded some mandate to do as he pleases. It would really be impressive to see him lead ALL of us but it doesn't look like he has the interest or expertise to do it... Which is too bad, we all lose.

    October 5, 2013 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  4. bassmaster22

    Wish I could just decided when I want to increase my credit limit anytime I feel like it.
    Go America! All that is fundamentally wrong with the country starts from the top down. And then it's fueled by the other Wally World (aka Wall St.)
    Defund all three branches of the government.
    Then defund Wall St.

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

    Never surrender, GOP! The Dems have to be stopped from dragging the country over a fiscal cliff!

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

    What is with these T-Party terrorists... Must thy ruin every Christmas holiday..?? I guess so..

    October 5, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  7. Loubies from S.C.

    These Teahadists™ have to go.

    October 5, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  8. ImvotingforHillary

    This is what happens when you vote racists in office. The only reason the teabags exist is because Obama is black. If they were soooo concerned with this country they would have come out under Bush.

    October 5, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  9. Buble Tea Party

    Tea Party ==> Toasted Party

    October 5, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  10. Gary

    Funny, the only republicans talking sence do it anonymously. The ones talking out loud are the Cruz's, Paul's and McConnel's. Shows what the GOP is all about. Gotta keep those Rednecks dancin.

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

    What a joke. Short turn, short turn, short turn, ...........there new "N" word

    Have a backbone and some guts , how about floating a long turn DCE.

    October 5, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. Mike

    The truth is the Republicans want to hold government employees hostage again in six weeks. Let's see, what might be happening in six weeks? How about the Thanksgiving Congressional recess followed by the Christmas recess. Too bad those government employees and the businesses they buy food and gifts from won't know if they'll have a pay check. The GOP's only "end game" is still what it has always been – stop everything they don't like until the next Congress. If they don't control the government then, repeat until after the 2020 census finally redistricts the party out of existence.

    October 5, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. JimNasium

    So how is this different than what the Senate has been proposing for the last 2 weeks?

    October 5, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  14. Benjamin Feinblum

    The Senate Bill passed unanimously and is in the hands of the House. The House has the votes to pass it already. The Senate Bill was an offer to extend six weeks of negotiations. If the House signs the CR it goes directly to the President because the Senate already is done. The House vote would take ten minutes on a bill already there.

    As for negotiations. 18 times since January Senate Republicans and Democrats have called on the House to name it's conference committee members to work on the budget. House Democrats reported who they want. Republicans took a no negotiating with Dems strategy after losing the elections.

    House Republicans have not appointed their conference committee team, which is where the details would be hammered out.

    The committee would start the instant House Republicans named their committee members. That is who we have been waiting on since January. Soar losers after the election if you ask me.

    Now, they shut the government down, desperate for attention after losing so badly. They can't pass anything they want... all these extreme plans are halted. So they went extreme and in desperation shut down the government.

    October 5, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  15. herewegoagain

    There is always the 10% who want no government but.... when something happens to them they are the first to call police, fire department etc..as seen by recent events such as kids with cancer, ww2 .. all of a sudden these tea baggers think its ok to have an A LA CART government not a full one so they can choose what to support and what not. there was another group that did this and it started ww2. weren't these the same folks that wanted to keep slavery?, did not want woman to vote? did not want civil rights? now its healthcare, which wont be free. we need to vote out the reps. that want no government and get in folks that want a government that is 80% of it is now and more efficient and affordable healthcare not free but affordable. have they ever had to find healthcare on the open market? nope... i can tell u stories !Vote em ou t 2014/2016 if i vote repub again i hope john huntsman is on the ballet!

    October 5, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. bigbell

    is anyone notice that Ted Cruz and the Koch brother was betting that the gov. would shut down. Making money on wall street?????

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

    This is not a problem about debt – why don't they (government) think about *Unlimited Debt*? – anyway it will be go up and up. Just make it UNLIMITED and that's it :)

    October 5, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Beairdboy

    Not Good Enough, No More Games.

    October 5, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  19. Linda

    the tea party is funded by the koch bros. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out the implicatons get the money out of politics

    October 5, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  20. Just Say Nobama

    Is the White House "winning" enough now to come back to the bargaining table? Sadly politics is too much my way or the highway playing the American people for fools. Here's to wishing we had Tip and Ronald working things out. Our elected officicials need to raise the debt ceiling but in doing so they have to have a plan to balance the budget. This will require BOTH parties to come together.

    October 5, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  21. SusieKJ

    I'm a moderate that used to take about 40% of my stances on the conservative side. What the Republican party has become in the last decade is just so sad. It's not good for our country and has ruined the healthy back and forth we should be having across the aisle. Shame on most of the Republican party and those that support the candidates that shouldn't be in politics.

    October 5, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  22. Someguysarerude

    No to 6 weeks.
    Kick the can down the road, just to have another confrontation. No, no, no.

    October 5, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  23. EddyL

    It's all just a game for the right-wingers......

    October 5, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. Kathie

    King Obama has now ordered that the military not be allowed to have church services. The various religions would not be able to take part in Holy Communion. Indications are some preachers are willing to perform services at no charge. According to King Obama, he is willing to press charges with possible jail time if services are held. What happened to freedom of religion? Is this still our country? God bless and help our country.

    October 5, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  25. Shipp101

    Boehner, said in his tantrum ,WE (people) had made more revenue in the past year then WE (people) has in 55 years .. The economy is growing ... People are happy....WE (people) understand crisis and WE (people) understand a schoolyard fight....., but what about the next generation...

    Well, they will survive..... They don't need your help.... Put the government back to work.... Or the 47% will increase....

    October 5, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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