Senate GOP growing impatient with House
October 11th, 2013
07:59 PM ET
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Senate GOP growing impatient with House

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner has a day or two max to strike a debt ceiling and government funding deal before some of his Republican Senate colleagues move more aggressively on their own ideas, several impatient GOP Senators have told CNN.

The Senators say they are willing to give Boehner a bit more time, about 24 to 48 hours, to come to an agreement with the White House to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government.

One option Boehner is currently pursuing, a six week increase to the debt ceiling, is becoming more and more unpopular, say multiple Senate GOP sources.

That plan would push the new deadline for raising U.S. borrowing authority to the end of November, just in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season, which could hurt retailers and cause economic repercussions.

The Senate sources are also extremely concerned about the partial government shutdown, which House Republican leadership wants to deal with only after the debt ceiling is raised.

While the shutdown has done no one any favors in the polls, it has been particularly damaging to the Republican Party, whose poll numbers are at near-historic lows.

A bipartisan group of about 10 senators, led by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, met Friday afternoon to try to find a way forward in the Senate, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

Collins' plan for a longer extension of the debt limit and government funding has gained some traction. Her proposal would repeal the 2.3% tax on medical devices, which is used to help pay for Obamacare, and give federal agencies greater flexibility to deal with the forced spending cuts known as sequestration.

Democrats are unlikely to give sequester flexibility a warm reception but the broader concept of long-term solutions on the debt ceiling and government funding bill seem to be gaining bipartisan steam in the Senate. Repeal of the medical device tax is also a popular idea among Senate Democrats, receiving an overwhelming majority in one vote.

Another popular idea, particularly among conservatives determined to score a victory against the Affordable Care Act, would be to institute income verification for those receiving Obamacare subsidies, meant to prevent fraud.

One GOP Senator said an idea discussed with the President in a Friday morning meeting was to add a provision to the government spending bill that would replace the sequester-which would appeal to Democrats–with some reforms to Medicare proposed by the President, which appeal to Republicans who are concerned about entitlement spending's long-term impact on the debt.

–CNN's Bryan Koenig contributed to this report.

soundoff (90 Responses)
  1. blake

    Leave it to the RINOs to screw things up for the GOP, just like they have for decades. They roll over and play dead for the Democrats.

    October 11, 2013 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. doug

    Bad idea. Real bad. Obama is getting bad advice if he is thinking along these lines. He has them right where he wants them. He has to give them exactly nothing. Nothing at all.

    October 11, 2013 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  3. doug

    This is a classic negotiating tactic. Have part of your team stake out the worst possible position that you know can never be even remotely acceptable. Then have the "good cop" come up with a really bad idea that is significantly better than the preposterous position you had. That bad offer will look good in comparison. A poor negotiator will jump on it. Obama must have learned something by losing the prior negotiations rather badly.

    October 11, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. James P. Barber

    The republicans have been saying that the shutdown is just a "minor Inconvenience". That defaulting on our debts is "on big deal" just a scare tactic by the democrats. So there's really nothing for them to worry about. Wait till their tea Koch party base stops receiving their SS and medicare benefits, then it will be to late to worry. Drop the extortion, restart the government, have the house vote, send up a clean bill then get together and negotiate. It's really simple.

    October 11, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  5. dw1650

    Nothing matters! Whether Obama is right or wrong the far right are hell bent on destroying him along with this country in order to do it! You can't reason with them anymore than you can with radical Muslims, pure and simple!

    October 11, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  6. oddjob3422

    Well it isn't like they can force the House to do what they want any more than the Democrats in the Senate can. Kind of a dumb move to say such a thing publicly, but maybe it will exert some pressure.

    It's time to let the pipe dream of defunding Obamacare go.

    October 11, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  7. Randy, San Francisco

    This must be the End Days for the Republican Tea Party national brand: confusion, in-fighting, dysfunction, back stabbing, blame game, purges, charges and counter charges, denial, and delusional behavior.

    October 11, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  8. david

    John Boehner just can't lead on thing what a big joke the house is. the biggest joke is the GOP itself and they made them selves a big joke all on their own!

    October 11, 2013 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  9. Jyothi, MO

    It is little late but worthwhile for the senate GOP to act on their own. What they do in favour of re-opening the government and raising the debt ceiling without an intention of defunding Obamacare can reverse the negativity that conservatives have done to the party.

    October 11, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  10. Robert

    Wait, are you telling me that income verification is currently NOT part of Obamacare???? What kind of idiocy is that?

    October 11, 2013 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  11. DocBlogger

    Republican Party is not a business friendly party. Not even Patriots. These are just regional-centric dangerous politicians.

    October 11, 2013 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  12. ironman59

    The gop senators should have done this from the beginning. They represent the entire state & in some cases a state is split between the two parties making concensus easier. What is going on in the house is a bunch of little fish, in a big ocean acting like they are Orca. Time to put an end to this, the debt ceiling until February. Anything short of that is going to kill the holiday shopping season. So, if the gop really cares about small business like they say, quit destroying their profitable sales season.

    October 11, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  13. us_1776


    we overspent on our UNFUNDED 33 years of wars-for-private-profit,
    we overspent on our UNFUNDED senior-vote-grabber prescription drug benefit and
    we overspent on our UNFUNDED tax breaks for the wealthy

    so we'll just have to take away all your FUNDED social programs.

    ===> The logic of greedy immoral 1%-ers.


    October 11, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  14. chris

    I can only hope the GOP suffers a reciprocal reaction on election day in their congressional seat races.Their behavior is consistent with the goals of terrorists in harming our country. How many Americans and their families are in pan because of the GOP?Whatever oath of office they swore to the good of America has been laid waste. Its disgusting.

    October 11, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  15. Jack Be Humble

    I think the debt ceiling needs to be handled 1st, and handled well. We've had government shutdowns come and go before, but this is only the second time default has been made a bargaining chip and pushed to the limit.

    First, Debt Ceiling. Second, Government Restart. Third, serious budget talks cutting everything. I believe nothing short of sequestration II will do.

    October 11, 2013 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  16. IreneN

    Finally... they are being honest:-) Wallets Almighty are talking loudly now. Those who profiteer from "managed" health care are now up against importers, wholesalers, major retailers together with travel, hotel et al businesses and their stockholders. And against the entire junk-loving nation:-) Let the battle of giants begin. It'll be quick.

    October 11, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  17. korkea aika

    If there ever is another Republican President, and he wants to start another war based on lies and deception, maybe Democrats should shut down the government to get some leverage.

    October 11, 2013 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  18. Laurie

    Do not touch social security, medicare and medicaid or my husband can die. How would you like if we the people took everything away from the republicans? Republicans do not have any brains they are very stupid and dumb.

    October 11, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. norma jean

    All Boehner wants to do is's hanging on so tight because he knows when he lets go and does what even his own party wants him to do that he just very well might be put of a job and that is all he cares about!!!Every move he has made for the last few years was to protect himself and his job!!! He doesn't care about the people or the country...all he cares about is himself.....WHAT A WIMP!!!!

    October 11, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. FrankinSD

    I actually have a fig tree in my yard that has started to drop its leaves (no kidding). I would be happy to bundle them up and send them to any address that Republican congressmen will provide. Just want to do my part to help America.

    October 11, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Rickyray

    We went through this in nitysix get rid of this stupid obama care they ant worried there getting paid so is the president theres a lot of people not getting paid lets get this settled like now

    October 11, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |

    Democrats would support a repeal on the medical device tax if the revenue were made up elsewhere in the budget. You can't just keep removing taxes that pay the bills and then complain that we don't have enough money to pay the bills. Believe it or not, some people pay full price for things at department stores.

    October 11, 2013 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  23. TruthwillPrevail

    Disgraceful CNN, this is not about our political parties and you journalist reading this should know better. This is a SAD time for our country, you have a salary now but believe me the time is coming where you will not. Please explain to me why you the media, so called professionals have not mentioned a word on our national DEBT.....soaring now close to $17 Trillion how will we pay this down? don't you care? Dana don't you think it should be your responsibility as a journalist to have the courage to say enough...lets talk about this DEBT...what are we doing about it????

    October 11, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  24. sammy750

    Boehner and the puppets who are pulling his strings. First we say we do, then we don't. Now we will, Nay we won't. We're undecided now as to what we want.

    October 11, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  25. Thomas

    House Speaker John Boehner needs to put a Clean Spending Bill on the floor for a vote !

    A good leader thinks of all the people , not just the few .

    October 11, 2013 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
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