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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  1. Jim

    Wow six weeks of this crap will not be good for America. These guys are something else. I bet even those that voted them back in expected them not to do this sort of thing again once the elections were over. And here we are.

    October 5, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    No, no and no. We've been there, done that and keep ending up at the same starting point. It's time to stop circling and begin moving forward.

    October 5, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  3. Mopery

    The symbol for the Republican party should be a bunch of rich old white men beating a dead horse.

    October 5, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  4. conoclast

    Does the tea-bag House caucus grasp the difference between shut-down-the-government and BRING-down-the-government? One begins to wonder which of the two they have in mind, hmm?

    October 5, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Tutuvabene

    If this passes, I have a feeling this be the beginning of multiple CRs for the foreseeable future, which is, in a way, worse than the shutdown, because you can't plan anything if you know the funding is for a limited time. And what if the next CR doesn't pass?

    October 5, 2013 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. The Donald

    The House Republicans are so stupid that they all should be neutered

    We can't have such worthless stupidity polluting the gene pool anymore!

    October 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    6 weeks? Nah. How about just cutting the crap and bring the Senate bill to the floor for an up-or-down vote. Oh wait. That would mean having to effectively admit that the Tea Party is really irrelevant and that the GOP let a group of domestic terrorists run their agenda.

    Best thing Boehner could do. Put the senate bill to a vote, hand the gavel to Pelosi or one of the "RINOs" who told the Tea Freaks to shove off, and resign from government entirely. At least then he would have ONE thing on his record that historians could point to that showed some level of leadership. As it stands now he's on track to be a Speaker who will go down in the history books as a puppet for the quasi-fascist movement that cost the United States more standing than all the years in Vietnam combined.

    October 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. AmericaFirst

    So, you are now planning to do EXACTLY what the President and Senate told you to do weeks ago. YOU CAN'T GOVERN REPUBLICANS. Turn the gavel over to the Democrats. You embarrassed this nation, our creditors, and yourselves. DUMP THE TEA OVERBOARD once and for all.

    October 5, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  9. Jon

    Obama lies when he says we would default on our debt if we don't raise the debt ceiling and naïve Democrats believe him. We take in $225B in fed taxes every month and the interest payments on the debt is about $20B per month.

    October 5, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  10. The Truth

    There it is. The first blink.

    October 5, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. newsdreamer

    Listening to the Tea Party Law makers, they really don't sound to bright or educated. The statements they make are just incompetent words. Is this what the voter want running our nation. a congress of deadbeats, those that cannot be employed in the business world. Voters need to wake up to what the tea party is doing to this nation. destroying it. The people in their districts have the same mentality STUPID and UNEDUCATED

    October 5, 2013 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  12. my10cents

    Breaking news, after six weeks of talks since the last shutdown the financial committee assigned the job of working out a budget deal has collapsed because the Tea Party caucus of the GOP refuses to agree to anything unless it includes the defunding or repeal of the ACA. Speaker Boehner is quoted as saying "we never said we would then agree to anything unless it included the elimination of the ACA". While he was talking it was noticed that Ted Cruz's arm was up Mr. Boehner's rectum and he appeared to be using the Speaker of the House as a hand puppet.

    October 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  13. JS

    This was written by Republican David Frum who worked for Bush.
    "In the throes of the worst economic crisis since the Depression, Republican politicians demand massive budget cuts and shrug off the concerns of the unemployed.
    In the face of evidence of dwindling upward mobility and long-stagnating middle-class wages, (the Republican Party's) Read More...
    "Republicans held more power for longer than at any time since the twenties, yet the result was the weakest and least broadly shared economic expansion since World War II, followed by an economic crash and prolonged slump. Along the way, the GOP suffered three severe election defeats in 2006, 2008, and 2012."
    "It's one thing to worry about the long-term trend in government spending and another to demand big, immediate cuts when 25 million are out of full-time work and the government can borrow for ten years at 2 percent."
    "It’s fine to be unconcerned that the rich are getting richer, but blind to deny that ­middle-class wages have stagnated or worse over the past dozen years."
    "This isn’t conservatism.

    October 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. Mark

    Its become clear to me that we need to borrow a practice from industry in order to get congress to be functional. Get rid of the lowest performers. The congressional version of this needs to be fair... so every year, the 10% most liberal and the 10% most conservative members need to be evicted. This would force more people in the middle who presumably could figure out how to work with one another. Seats could be restaffed with new members elected after a year with the seat open (penalty for electing a crackpot).

    I know that this is somewhat radical and has issues, but it or something like it would accomplish exactly what we need – get non-performing obstructionists out and re-enforce collaboration and compromise.

    October 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Unbiased Hack

    Each side is to blame. One side is trying to piecemeal while the other side refuses to give up one thing. Both sides are sticking to their guns and not budging which is what we expect our respective parties to do.

    Me personally, this is not affecting me but I know it is effecting others and I pray everyday that this country gets back to its former glory soon.

    October 5, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  16. donald

    obama wins again.

    October 5, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Charlie

    I'm tired of listening to people blame the republicans for " my way or the highway" when Harry Reid and Barack Obama are sharing that same view everyone wants to " win he game" and the on,y thing worse are the ignorant people who support their party blindly on Election Day while BOTH parties continue to run this once great country the rest of the way into the ground! Neither party is fit to run the country and both should be abolished

    October 5, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. harlequinnbell

    The GOP wants to be the ones running the country despite the fact that the majority of the electorate has indicated that that is exactly what they DON'T want. Whether the that margin of majority was 5 votes or five million votes, in a Democratic Republic, the rule is that the majority rules.

    My guess as to what is really going on behind the scenes is this: Their big financial backers have told them they want the Affordable Care Act done and gone, or they will no longer continue to fund their campaigns. Why else make 50 or so attempts to repeal it when there was no hope of that happening. Why else try to defund the ACA at the expense of a government shut down? Why try to deliberately misinform, confuse and scare people as to what it really is and what it really does if you don't want people to NOT sign up for it? Its no secret that they want it to fail, and spectacularly. Why? Because there is probably a big, fat bunch of money in it for them if it does.

    I am willing to be that this would be a non-issue if we didn't have a campaign finance system that essentially allows politicians of ANY party affiliation to be bought and paid for.

    October 5, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. JusSayin

    Does no one remember The Gingrich who Stole Christmas? The Republican Party is dangerously close to destroying the Full Faith and Credit of the United States Government by demanding to defund Affordable Care Act as a condition of passing a budget.

    If the USA defaults on any obligations, it will destroy the reserve value of the dollar, and the value of the dollar would plummet, along with the American Standard of Living.

    Some of the safe republican seats will be endangered if the government defaults on one debt. The House is elected every two years. This House is acting more like Morsi's Egypt, where about 25 to 30 percent of the electorate can bully the rest of the country and pick and choose which laws to enact by fiat.

    ACA passed, and was upheld by the Supreme Court. Having a few dozen congressmen endanger the safety of the USA, in a clear and present danger is treasonous. If you want to challenge ACA, do so on its own merits or demerits, separate from the USA budget.

    October 5, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. newsdreamer

    The Republicans continue to vote for short term, so they can continue to hold the government hostage. That is what Terrorist do.

    October 5, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. bam

    “I don’t think that the government should be involved in health care or health insurance,” says Greg Collet
    "Collett, who is married and has 10 children, says the kids are covered by Medicaid"
    "Collett, whose children are home-schooled"
    Keep the kids out of public schools to keep them as stewped as u.

    October 5, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. MJ

    The Repubs had 6 months to form a conference committee. The RINO tea party thugs Cruz & Lee blocked the Senate from forming the committee. The repubs own the shutdown. As the repub congressman stated, defunding the ACA isn't going to happen. They couldnt deliver on their promise. Now do the right thing, fund the govt, pay the bills that are due.... And act like adults..

    October 5, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. Sharon

    But Obamacare is NOTworking!! Of the few people who can actually get through, it is sticker shock!! Are you liberals that drunk on control and power that you can't see this? Even one of your own (an Obama supporter and worker) had to admit that no, he didn't actually sign up as he couldn't see all the prices and what he did see did Not look promising. Republicans tried to warn you, but it fell on deaf ears. Why are we,the ordinary working class being forced into a system that is a joke??

    October 5, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. Jim Bob

    While none should be content with the current state of affairs, I believe it is time that all Americans look at the underlying problems at hand. America is in debt and there really isn't any coherent plan to eliminate that debt. Raising the debt ceiling won't fix anything. Spending more won't do it either. We must cut spending. Cut everything that doesn't make money. NOW. While I'm not a fan of either party, it seems like the GOP makes more sense than the democrats in this current mess.

    October 5, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Bank your ire against the Republicans like hot coals and save it for the 2014 and 2016 elections. If you hold them responsible for the current mess, then punish them politically. Crippling their influence will make them less attractive to corporate donors..

    October 5, 2013 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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