GOP floats six-week funding and debt ceiling extension
October 5th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
9 years 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.

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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.

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soundoff (666 Responses)
  1. DrNo

    It is nice to know that the GOP would like to negotiate – including tax increases for the top 1%, increases for the safety net and every issue the GOP will never discuss! Boehner, Cruz,Cantor, et al are the laughing stock of all sane Americans. Keep it up boys You are in the midst of marginalizing Repub's for a long, long time!!!!!!!!!! Here comes Hillary in a landslide.

    October 5, 2013 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Michael_d

    Did they ask Ted Cruz?? He would have to approve anything the House does cause he rules the world, ask him.

    October 5, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. blankcheck123

    There you go now the GOP can have another crisis in 6 weeks. That's what they do. They pretend they are against GOV spending but never propose cutting any of the money they spend on their buddies in big agra or big oil. They have nothing to offer on the healthcare subject even though the taxpayer is paying for the healthcare of 1/2 of the country plus buying their own insurance from companies who are looking to dump them if they get an expensive illness. What a waste of good oxygen

    October 5, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Thomas Nichols

    I don't believe accepting Obamacare assimilation is an acceptable answer. I for one will not agree to be a slave to Obamacare.

    October 5, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  5. Tara

    I've never seen the comment section so united in opinion. I think I just heard heII freezing over. Look, if the comment section of CNN can agree on the response "No, come up with a real, long term solution and stop asking for extensions", Democrats and Republicans should be able to deliver.

    In my opinion, it's time to stop whining about a law that's already been passed and upheld in court. Let's move on.

    October 5, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Babaloo

    I find it hilarious (sadly hilarious) that the commenters are complaining NOW! Where was the outrage months or years ago? When people keep supporting the wrong stuff and keep supporting the wrong people, we keep on going in the wrong direction. It's too late now because we're in it now. The time to have done something is GONE! Stop blaming this current situation or a particular person. This was created from ALL the people we voted into office after Clinton, all of Congress and the Presidents. They are do-nothing actors. The time to have been outraged by all the shenanigans was long ago. We're in a plane that is crashing, that is going down! We're all screaming why the plane is broken, and why didn't the mechanic fix it long ago. Yeah.... NOW you speak up and scream about it. What schmucks the American people are!

    October 5, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. People Looking After Other People

    The problems in Washington can be summed up with this example. There is a playground and on this playground there is a bully or group of bullies. They need to show how strong they're so they mess with people and they don't care about the consequence. They need to show everyone how what they say and do people around them needs to accept it. Now, look at what's going on in Washington. It seems like a playground, but in this playground there are WAY TO MANY BULLIES.

    October 5, 2013 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  8. Survivorman

    GOP Tea Party=American Taliban

    October 5, 2013 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. DP

    What a royal waste of time and taxpayer money. Is this why we elect Congressional leaders to play these childish games?

    October 5, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Concerned Taxpayer

    Can't believe why if they are going to pay them anyway why don't they call them back to work immediately?! If not, this is just another incompetent way of government spending the taxpayers $.

    October 5, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  11. Mike

    No deal pass a clean CR and end all this made up fake crisis BS. All the rest of us mature adults have had enough of you tea bagger losers.

    October 5, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  12. Amarjeet

    Mature leadership does not work like bull dozer. Mature politicians act with opportunity. Let Obama Care work for a year and then could bring up changes with separate law and with alternative plan. If approved by people and found good to save national coffer as well national disaster in recovery process from wars destroyed economy, capitalistic off shore industries with exports back their products to USA with US market intelligence, technology, specifications; entire situation may change for the better. Governance should not be defunded to throw the country in chaos.

    October 5, 2013 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  13. livingston

    If you give in to a temper tantrum then that only encourages them to do it again. Does anyone believe that in 6 weeks we will not be in the exact same place? This needs to end Pass a clean CR, raise the debt ceiling and then sit down and talk. They have shown that they can not negotiate in good faith.Tthey. got the Democrats to agree to cuts almost equal to the ryan budget and at the last minute pulled this stunt. I am not interested in helping them save face. The world is laughing at us.

    October 5, 2013 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  14. DrNo

    Are there any Republicans with the decency to simply say, in public, 'lets vote on a clean CR' – the majority rules in our party and in this democracy"? Or are all Republicans more concerned about primary challenges than the welfare of this country?

    October 5, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |

    It's a shame it took Republicans that long to see that it is futile to try to defund Obama Care. Now they are doing the Michael Jackson moon walk trying to squirm their way out of a no win situation for them.

    October 5, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  16. American

    The TeaParty extremist are no different than the Muslim extremist . If they don't get their way , They will destroy the country they live in and in so doing will destroy themselves. The TeaParty needs to be classified as a Terrorist organization. Just like the Muslim religion should be. Oh there may be one difference one is committing TrEAson by trying to take down the United States of America from within.

    October 5, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  17. tmack

    I don't care what party you belong to. Using the debt ceiling and funding decision points as opportunities to negotiate and hold the country hostage is political terrorism.

    October 5, 2013 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. Adam

    This sounds like cracks are starting to form in the GOP. Polling data shows that most Americans (65-72%) are against tying the budget to defunding the ACA. Offering this 6 week deal not tied to ACA is a sign that they are starting to realize their position is completely undefendable and that they have no exit strategy, no strategy at all really.

    October 5, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Jon

    I've got a better plan, keep the "gun" to their heads and force them to do their job. They don't need or deserve a "reprieve. A "6 week plan" only means that this garbage can drag out until next year. The GOP has waaaaaay overstepped its bounds and needs be plucked from congress like the weeds they have become. The biggest part of this that kills me is that almost all republicans (including the ones referenced in this article) agree on the idea that there is no way they will avoid funding for the Affordable Healthcare act... AKA "Obamacare" so in short, they are putting the country through this for NOTHING.

    October 5, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  20. Dustman

    Hell, it will take Congress 12 weeks to agree on and pass a bill to fund the government and extend the nation's borrowing authority for six weeks. Then we are right back where we started from. I say end it NOW.

    October 5, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  21. Richwood

    George wrote: ".Thinking the Tea Party belongs to radical Islam trying to take down our country" I have said this before, Norquist the GOP God who 95% of GOP leadership have sworn undieing obedience to, is almost certainly a Muslim. He is married to an Palestinian Muslim and to do that yo have to either be a Muslim or convert. Norquist supported the building of the Islamic center two blocks from Ground Zero, and when the Dems asked for an investigation of the influence of Muslims on the government, the GOP flatly said "NO"

    October 5, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. Paul

    Two words to solve all this "Term Limits"

    October 5, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  23. David

    Obama is right to refuse negotiations over the ACA. Not because of the merits or problems of the ACA. But because any President cannot allow the precedent of over turning laws congress has passed as a prerequisite for congress to do its most job(appropriating funding). The GOP miscalculated, they know it, and it happens for time to time, to all of us. Let's get on with the peoples business and address our grievances in a civilized manner.

    October 5, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  24. David Cramer

    I'm not sure that this would work, unless the Tea Partiers realize (even if they won't admit it publicly) that they've lost on defunding / repealing Obamacare. Because if they think they've won or achieved a stalemate on this, all they will do is use the next six weeks to attack Obamacare again. Unfortunately for many of them, their only election issue was repealing Obamacare, and if that issue disappears they will have no reason for existence.

    October 5, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  25. the tech man

    How is the GOP holding this country hostage? By trying to have a serious conversation about spending? The "affordable" care act is going to break this country. Obama has been just as if not more reckless in his spending than GWB. We need people in office who can make tough decisions to cut spending and repay our national debt. We don't need the affordable care act, we need more American's to be hungry, to want to go out and get a good job, and the healthcare benefits that come with it. Instead we're going to dilute that and make it crap for everybody. Way to go.

    October 5, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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