House GOP backup plan would be "Republican" only bill
October 14th, 2013
12:40 PM ET
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House GOP backup plan would be "Republican" only bill

Washington (CNN) - Speaker John Boehner and other top House GOP leaders are meeting Monday afternoon to discuss their options and consider preparing their own bill to raise the nation's debt ceiling.

One senior House Republican leadership aide tells CNN that if negotiations don't speed up in the Senate and something doesn't get moving soon, it could be difficult to reach a deal before Thursday's debt ceiling deadline because of possible time-consuming procedural hurdles in the Senate.

But this aide tells CNN "it would have to be a Republican only bill" and unlikely to be simply a clean short term increase in the debt ceiling."

This aide doesn't believe that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would signal that House Democrats could support any measure while the White House and Senate Democrats are still negotiating their own deal.

What House GOP leaders would attach to their own debt bill is "still very much in the air" and could potentially have an Obamacare related item on it, adds the aide.

But the aide admits Republican leaders are still monitoring the bipartisan negotiations in the Senate, and says it's too early to tell whether some version of the proposal by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia could get much GOP support, but acknowledges it won't be enough for many conservatives.


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  1. Marie MD

    Hello out there in repug bubble land.
    We don want or care about your bill. You are trying to tank the country with your new leader, the Canadian born Cuban Taliban.

    October 14, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Oh, so the GOP is now going to " ram a bill through" with no Democratic support: and I am sure this will meet with rapturous applause from all of our resident rightoe boot-lickers, all abuzz over how great a leader John Boehnor is.

    October 14, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. O'drama ya Mama

    But this aide tells CNN "it would have to be a Republican only bill" and unlikely to be simply a clean short term increase in the debt ceiling."

    WOW. Do they really think they can still push a partisan bill through and think its going to pass? Im actually embarrassed for all the sensible Republicans I know. Im sure they dont want to be put into the same category with these TeaNuts anymore.

    October 14, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  4. Ron -IN

    I will not be surprised if we find that America HAS defaulted on the Debt Ceiling for the first time in its history!! Why, because we have too many Democrats that don't want to make minor adjustments on Medicare and Medicaid. And we have too many Republicans that don't want to increase tax revenues even a small amount. If you look at the nation objectively you can see BOTH of these things need to happen. Cutting some of the spending while increasing revenue slightly will wipe out a large portion of the debt much quicker than just cutting spending. The very, very, rich in America have had an EXTREMELY profitable two decades. An increase of 2-3% is not going to have a noticeable effect on their lifestyle. Many will earn more money even quicker once the economy gets on track.
    I know many may wonder why I did not mention Social Security. The fix to this is very simple, raise the cap on working Americans from $114,000 to $1 million dollars. Then hire 200 people who's entire job is to find those people abusing the system, make sure the abusers are removed from the roles, and report findings quarterly reported to Congress. If you are going to complain there are too many people milking the system, you need to hire people to weed them out. Those two actions should make the program solvent for decades.

    October 14, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  5. just me

    In other words, they have no serious or workable plan. Losding up a bill with republican wish list items amounts to playing russian roulette with the economy. Great job Boehner! This calls for a drink or ten!

    October 14, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    More GOP fiddling as the country burns.

    October 14, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @O'drama ya Mama
    Im actually embarrassed for all the sensible Republicans I know.

    Are there really any "sensible Republicans" left? Aside from people like my Dad who is 83, the only Republicans I know are the Cheney/Wolfowitz Neocons, the Tea Crackpots and the corporate boot lickers like Cantor and Ryan. Not a good mix for the future of that party!

    October 14, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    After this is all said and done, I'd like to see the following. All of the republicans, who thought it a wise endeavor to hold the country hostage, rounded up and deported. We do not need this kind of governing in our nation. If this could occur it would be a president for the next bunch that tries it. It would also restore the dignity we've lost over the last two years, trying to negotiate with the republican right wing, that needs to be viewed as terrorist.

    October 14, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  9. rs

    Ron -IN

    I will not be surprised if we find that America HAS defaulted on the Debt Ceiling for the first time in its history!! Why, because we have too many Democrats that don't want to make minor adjustments on Medicare and Medicaid.
    ___________________________
    Why won't theRepublicans simply do away with the Bush tax cuts for the rich?

    October 14, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  10. O'drama ya Mama

    How can anyone take them seriously when they say Obama is the one who wont compromise?

    October 14, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    Is there a new House rule that allows ONLY Republicans to vote on this "bill".....?....priceless.....!!!

    October 14, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. luke,az

    When is "No Balls" Boehner going to do the right thing and marginalize the tea party Taliban? These lunatics are ruining our country. It's been time for the moderate Republicans to take back their party. Where is Colin Powell ?

    October 14, 2013 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. freedom

    That's right – part of the "law of the land" is that the Republicans won the House – since they are faced with a president who "won't negotiate" they have to come up with their own plan to not default. That is as responsible a solution as any at this point.

    October 14, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Peace

    Will republicans ever be serious in anything? Go ahead and let the country default and you will see how angry of you folks are.

    October 14, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Name

    More of GOP acting like the Stupid party.

    October 14, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  16. cumulus

    You see ron, that's a perfectly logical solution, unfortunately if it includes making the rich pay even a little more, it will be billed unfair, and will have zero Republican backing .unfair, interesting, considering inequality has reached an l time high, the rich worked very hard, and spent lots of money to make sure they will never again pay a fair amount, Ike had it above 90 % the rich were still rich, and the poor were still poor, but we had a very strong middle class, gone forever, with the unions, sad

    October 14, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    @ron-IN , minor adjustments to Medicare and Medicaid. Youforgot the number 3 "entitlement" social security,
    If social security or any of our "entitlements" were privatized just a little tick in the stock market would send millions of seniors and the poor (and the vanishing middle class) to living in tents!
    The crash of "2008, thanks to the Texan idiot, hurt everyone and it took a few years to recover. If your teatards default not only will they be thrown out on their white skinny behinds but those tents cites should be built around the Capitol to remind these domestic terrorists what they did to the country. Not that they care but having to be driven around and through a throng of the unwashed masses will be a delight twice a day as they go to their big dinners with their lobbyists to get more money.

    October 14, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Hector Slagg

    For those of you that want free health care. Sorry, the bill is overdue. Time for you to pay up. The Liberal's are a day late and a dollar short. Uh, sorry, make that 100 years late an 17 Trillion Dollars short.

    October 14, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. Norma Vessels

    If I had as much self importance as the Republicans in the House, I'd be up on stage at Carnige Hall, amid thunderous applause, bringing the house down. "Republican only Bill" indeed! :-(

    October 14, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    rs

    Ron -IN

    I will not be surprised if we find that America HAS defaulted on the Debt Ceiling for the first time in its history!! Why, because we have too many Democrats that don't want to make minor adjustments on Medicare and Medicaid.
    ___________________________
    Why won't theRepublicans simply do away with the Bush tax cuts for the rich?
    --------
    They did, effective 1/1/2013.

    October 14, 2013 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. somebody

    freedom

    That's right – part of the "law of the land" is that the Republicans won the House – since they are faced with a president who "won't negotiate" they have to come up with their own plan to not default. That is as responsible a solution as any at this point.

    One big problem with the GOP position is they have a big want list but are not willing to give anything in return. Name one policy position the GOP is willing to give a little on and then maybe the GOP will have some credibility. Keeping the Gov't open is what they are supposed to do as their job. It is not a policy concession. Raising the debt ceiling just allows the Gov't to pay for things it has already purchased. It is also not a policy concession. Failing to do so is just extortion.

    October 14, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -freedom

    That's right – part of the "law of the land" is that the Republicans won the House – since they are faced with a president who "won't negotiate" they have to come up with their own plan to not default. That is as responsible a solution as any at this point.
    ****************************
    Really? They have to come up with a plan? What was their response on 17 different occaisions when teh Democrats called upon the to negotiate, prior to this gamlble where the full faith and credit of the angtion was illegally linked to the ACA? Please don't bother with polls saying that people don't like it,since the GOP has told the people of this country to go to hell on any number of occaisions in recent years. They ignored the Democrats, preferring to use parliamentary tactics to force a crisis onto the nation in the hopes of getting what they want. The GOP mistakes what is good for their base with what is good for the country, and its they who continue to drive a wedge between people in this country. Oh, and " the Law of the Land" does not include catering to a party that received fewer votes for their House Seats tahn the Democrats, a fact even you can't dispute( but I'm sure you will): how does it feel to be bipolar in your thinking?

    October 14, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  23. Tom

    I'm fairly confident Mitchell and Reid will come up with some sort of compromise plan. The big remaining question is whether John Boehner will bring it up for a vote and allow Democrats and the few non-crazy Republicans in the House vote on it? If he does it pretty much signals the death of the Tea Party - at least as a faction of the Republican party. Which begs the question then what? A separate Tea Party would be great news for Democrats and probably hurt the Republican party short term. But it could be the salvation of the Republican party longer term. There has been so much press about the looming budget crisis, the consequences of the Tea Party attempted coup of the Republican party really hasn't been given enough discussion.

    October 14, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  24. Data Driven

    @O'Drama and Jeff Brown,

    Re: "sensible Republicans"

    There may be "sensible" Republican voters. There may even be "sensible"-SOUNDING Republican Congresscritters like Peter King who talk a moderate game in front of the cameras. But how will they actually vote? The moderate wing of the GOP House has failed to materialize as a force against the rebellion.

    October 14, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. Sivick

    we all knew the gop was eventually going to start destroying itself. what we didn't realize is they would try to take us all down with them.

    October 14, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
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