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

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. ImvotingforHillary

    The GOP bosses are getting scared they will lose money so they are reeling them in.

    October 11, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  2. Scott

    Hmmm...Doesn't the income verification presently in place rely on our tax returns that the ITS has full access to? How else would someone without invome...verify their income?

    October 11, 2013 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. choochplanet

    The whole damn country has become impatient with the House clowns. Should be no surprise that Senate Republicans are as well. The only surprise is that it is known and some are actually speaking out instead of sitting back on the sidelines laughing like they did when House Republicans claimed Obama was not a citizen.

    October 11, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. Evergreen

    Finally, the grown-ups are taking charge.

    October 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  5. Solitairedog

    If you think the government shutdown was detrimental to the Republicans, what do you think economic collapse will do to them?

    October 11, 2013 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  6. Kevlar

    Dear President Obama.
    Don't give an inch.
    If you do they will just demand a mile.
    They hung themselves with this crap.
    Let the chips fall as they may.

    October 11, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  7. gmclenith

    Term limits for all politicians. 5 years and out. No tenure; no pensions; no pay after leaving office. Participation in social security; no special retirement fund. Pay raises no longer voted by Congress; raise will be lower of CPI or 3%. Participation in the same health care system as the rest of America does. They must also abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

    Service in Congress is a privilege, not a career. The founders of this country envisioned citizen legislators to serve their term and then go back to their job.

    October 11, 2013 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  8. TheSadTruth

    Of course the budget needs to be fixed, and indeed it has needed to be fixed all the way back BEFORE Ross Perot plainly explained why when he ran for president in 1992

    October 11, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Nate

    Real cooperation... what?!

    October 11, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  10. George Spelvin

    So congress says, it is "serious" about balancing the budget. How can they look us in the eye while they cut the medical devices tax without a corresponding balancing spending cut?

    October 11, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  11. Zan

    Win/win for the Senate GOP that aren't teaparty stooges. If they make a bipartisan a bill with democrats, they can insulate themselves from the mess in the house, claim they worked to save the economy and collect a larger cut of contributions from their corporate masters. If the house to settles with the White House without a senate bill, they rubber stamp the agreement and take credit anyway.

    October 11, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  12. sunsudo

    I wonder why CNN and other news outlets are not showing the actual Senate votes. The House has passed many many bills to re-open the government but the Senate wont vote on them. They have only been voting to table the house bills. Its the House's job to produce a budget. Just because it doesn't include Everything the Senate wants the Democrats are throwing a temper tantrum because they want it all or nothing. That's not how our government is supposed to work. But as always we must blame the gop for the democrats temper tantrum.

    October 11, 2013 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. Troy Arbogast

    I wish that they would stop requiring everyone to have the insurance. I don't want to be forced to pay for something I just can't afford.

    October 12, 2013 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  14. Abubakar ismaila nigeria

    the leadership of obama to americans is favourable and obama healthcare is good initiative.

    October 12, 2013 03:23 am at 3:23 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    It is absolute insanity to try and divide as separate issues the government spending or shutdown and debt issues.
    They are completely and inextricably interlinked. Politics cannot extricate either side from that reality.
    Six weeks to reconcile a budget? Who is kidding whom, the minimum re-open gov't and debt ceiling is until March 2014 when a new budget has to be presented is the minimum, but will be nonsensical until reconciliation on this budget has been pursued to its limits, and appropriations agreed.
    Even so guess what Republicans will still be targeting PPACA!!
    Reality check people.. Me I want a democratic house majority and Senate latter 60 member congress from 2014 to 2016 . Then fight it out on jobs, PPACA, economy local and global and the re-structuring of our global role.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    October 12, 2013 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  16. NoMoreRetoric

    The Moderates in the House need to strike a rational deal with the Democrats to avoid the Tea Party nuts from hurting our Nation. The Tea Party must go and voters should not trust them.

    October 12, 2013 05:55 am at 5:55 am |
  17. Dan

    17 TRILLION National Debt. . . 125 TRILLION Unfunded Liabilities. . . a President without LEADERSHIP Skills. . . a DYSFUNCTIONAL Congress. . . disaster!

    October 12, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  18. McShannon

    Time is upon us to ignore the lobbyist and especially the defense contractors that are coddled because of the money they can put under the table or under anywhere they can. The foreign aid packages that mandate large portions of package must be spent for American manufactured weapons is beginning to absolutely reek. The Mideast doesn't need more weapons and why are we borrowing money to give away so that these people can profit? Darn it and unspeakable curse words we have had enough of this B.S.

    October 12, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. bill

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ 17,000,000,000,000 OF DEBT !!!!! AND GOING HIGHER OMG !!!!!!! GOP YOU MUST STAND STRONG......

    October 12, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  20. Alan S.

    The American People are Mad as Hell and the majority of the blame is on the GOP. If the GOP are in some sort of delusional thought that all will be well with them they only need to look to the past when Gingrich and his cohorts were thrown out of office by angry Americans for a Shutdown that did not nearly do the damage as this one. This could be a Extiction Event for the GOP as the go the of the dinsour.

    October 12, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Thomas

    The Speaker needs to put a clan spending bill up for a vote !

    The so called Hasker rule is non democratic , borderline neo fascist

    October 12, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Vence

    I love when these vicious animals turn unto each other!

    October 12, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Hooper

    It's funny, not funny ha! Ha!, but funny ironic. My patience left me several weeks ago, and no one cares in our government. Now they have become inpatient and I'm supposed to really care. I don't. One thing I did do though, was act upon my feelings toward our elected gangsters. My holdings in securities in this country were pruned down to little or nothing, and they will stay that way until I see some form of intelligent life appear on the elected official side of the equation. Right now the people running the country are no better than paroled embezzlers, and money launders. No more with my investments.

    October 12, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  24. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Nobody cares what the republican position is any more. They will all be unemployed after the next election in2014and 2016 or their next election,who's more unpopular alcada or the GOP ????answer, the GOP teaparty trash!!!!!

    October 12, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. Miles

    I see that by defaulting on the debt, the GOP will indeed put a nail in it's coffin. Default, then recession (brought on by inability to get loans) will just force the government to further try to grease the wheels of the economy, thereby incurring more debt....a never ending circle as I see it. Lift the debt limit, get the economy going!

    October 12, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
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