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. Asher

    Usually hijackers are just shot and these teapublicans have certainly hijacked the government.

    October 5, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  2. Belseth

    Okay all you conservative Republicans, repeat after me, Congress spends the money, effectively the House since most spending bills originate there. No matter what Rush Limbaugh told you no one gave President Obama a big check book and he doesn't sign a single check himself. Why do you think it's always the House arguing about the budget? BECAUSE CONGRESS CONTROLS THE PURSE STRINGS. Blaming the President is a great way to deflect attention from the fact Congress as in Republicans are still spending like drunken sailors. Don't believe me? Look it up! Congress are the ones that ordered 35 billion in new M-1 tanks that the Army doesn't even want. I guess they are supposed to keep the thousands already rusting in fields company. Stop listening to pundits and pay attention. Lobbyists spend billions on Congress because Congress is the branch that spends the money and they want their share!

    October 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Wise1Speak


    After 8-years of W.Bush presidency, the nation had grown frustrated with the lies and hypocrisy. From Wall Street bailouts, to unending wars, to historic unemployment, the nation had enough of the Republicans. It was in this environment the Tea Party was born.

    At about this time Senators McCain and Obama were engaged in an historic campaign battle that plowed through the summer of 2008. McCain was trailing Obama in the polls when he searched for something to flip the polls and win the presidency. McCain found what he thought was the answer by selecting Sarah Palin as his V.P. candidate. His recklessly decision proved disastrous and he lost the election.

    However, Palin turned out to be a good thing for the 'rebel-rousing Tea Party'. She became their unofficial leader, but more significantly, her lying tongue made it okay to repeat lies as truth, and not be called out on it. Her leadership provided cover for politicians who wish to ride the 'birther lies' into elections wins. Her reprehensible choice of words is divisive and bares no virtue, other than to mislead 'low-information' followers.

    It has been 5-years since McCain's reckless decision to coronate Palin as a national spokesman. And thanks to McCain's V.P. decision, the political discourse across the nation continues to burn with a brutally pungent stench and no one knows 'if civility will ever return'.

    October 5, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Lenny Pincus

    No. F^ck these Tea Partiers and their radical agenda. Break them, and throw them out.

    October 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Badger Fan

    Dems and Reps, they are all just politicians more interested in re-election and pork barrel than what is best for America. If I can not have my way you sure are not going to have yours and compromise is not possible. Well folks compromise if done right is what is best for America.

    Yes we do not live within our means as a populace or as a country (government) and raising the debt ceiling is for bills we have already racked up not for new spending. It's been done twice a year for almost 2 decades. Does it make it the right way to do business, no but it sure is not a reason to stop doing anything.

    Is Obamacare the best version of healthcare that could have been passed, no it was not but the concept is nothing new and when passed it was the best option out there. Over the next years and decades it will be tweaked, improved and modified until it becomes what works for most Americans that are in need. Not sure if it will lower healthcare costs but people expect more and that drive up the cost. Used to be CT scanners and MRI machines were in the "big" medical centers and you were referred now even smaller local hospitals have them. Great for service but hikes the cost of medical care.

    Dear representatives of the American Public: Get off your duff, listen to the people, be concerned with what is in the best interest of America inside and outside of her borders and stop the petty bickering. Let's get America back to being the country that the rest of the world looks to for military and economic strength as well as THE example for democracy.

    Can I do better than those elected, not sure but I did not run and state that I could – So it is time to put up or shut up and if need be cowboy up relinquish your seat or lose it the next time you come up for re-election

    October 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  6. John

    Wow, so this is what Nazi Germany sounded like before WWII, but it's Republicans instead of Jews and well...we all know who Hitler is.

    October 5, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. Maimonida

    6 weeks!!! It is the second best way to kill economy save going to default. Investors, employers need certainty to go about their business. Individuals need certainty to start buying including houses and other goods.
    GOP does everything to kill economy.

    October 5, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    GOP idiots, answer = NO !!!!!!!!

    October 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  9. St. Xavier

    The voters REALLY need to wake up an send those who tried to use default as a way to get rid of a law legally voted on an passed out to pasture better yet the MOON. Wake up America.

    October 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Jim

    When in doubt, punt on first down!

    October 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  11. Qwen

    I think the GOP can come up with a plan that lasts longer than six weeks. Try coming up with a budget that lasts a full year. I am tired of there being a budget crisis every two months.

    October 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  12. Chuck

    The budget is Congress' primary responsibility. This Congress has had EIGHT MONTHS to pass a budget. Enough "continuing resolutions" or six-week reprieves. DO YOUR JOBS ALREADY and pass AN ACTUAL BUDGET.

    October 5, 2013 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  13. jerry

    Well Ted Cruz should be really proud of himself. What a complete waste of time. The GOP never had a chance of defunding Obamacare!
    Moreover, I hope voters will send a strong message to the GOP in the mid-term elections. Many in the GOP need to lose their seats in Congress.

    October 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  14. Bob

    I am an ex-Republican and thank god because they are now beyond belief. They are like a dog with a bone and just won't let go. GOP please we get it you FEW don't want Obamacare but the President is right doing away with it is not going to happen. Please stop embarrassing yourselves with things like yea we pass everything else because that one is so obviously it makes me sick your even trying it.

    October 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  15. DareYouToMove

    How about a super committee made up of 6 democrats and 6 republicans. I'm sure they would be able to come up with something that would pass the house and senate. NOT!

    October 5, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. mom2nande

    A six week solution–why? So federal workers can look forward to another furlough right before the holidays?

    October 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Sid

    The reason that you have no stats is that even if you sign up today, you can change it and its not effective until 1/2 anyway.
    We do have an imbalanced budget. We have had an unbalanced budget every years since WWII except 3 or 4. The reason we have an unbalanced budget is because of the Bush tax cut5s which were sold by the way as a way to increase government income and wind up with a balanced budget. You may not like to hear it by the current president has cut the deficit in half and the proposal of the non-partisan commission would have cut it more BUT it required increase in income. the proposed decrease in payment from that commission has been put into effect–and more besides. A fully implemented Obamacare cuts the deficit even more.

    October 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  18. srini

    CNN is biased organization as is most of the MSM. Why cannot we tell the people we are spending more that we borrow so all of use should take a cut. We are just too greedy. The Obama care is going to be a big problem for individuals and companies will stop providing healthcare or provide a very basic health care and transfer the responsibility via high deductible to the employees. Ultimately we would be left with 2-3 large companies providing insurance just like our banking, oil, telecom etc where there are just a few players left.
    People need to think rationally on the longer term. The Obama care does not address the issue of cost especially cost of medication and mal practice which killing everyone one.
    Most people is just debating on party lines without objectivity.

    October 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  19. Patrick

    Borrowing thats always their answer ,borrowing from who,the govt should be tapped out on borrowing for good!!

    October 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Mark H

    I can't think of a reason the DEMS would reject this if it is true. This is almost exactly what they are asking for anyway. A six month extension would take us to them middle of November the same a the Senate CR would.

    October 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  21. PJ1987

    This is a reasonable proposal, allowing people to return to work and for cooler heads to prevail in the Republican party. That this whole crisis could have been avoided is obvious but there's no reason to prolong it. These budget discussions should have been started when the Senate provider a budget to the House. But it's better to start now than later.

    October 5, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  22. Mike

    How were we ready to go to war with Syria last month and now we have no money? Democrats fabricate yet another crisis to bend people to their will...

    October 5, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  23. Solitairedog

    The Republicans seem to be inviting the Democrats to a game of "kick the can" because they find themselves in considerable doo doo after trying to bully the United States government into Rule by Teaparty. I don't think the Dems should join them in their mess. Pass a clean bill. Tell those teatards to go back to school.

    October 5, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  24. Texas

    US House re-districting is the root cause of this problem. Republicans did such a good job of re-districting that they gave the Tea Party way too much power given their headcount. The ACA was passed by due process. If you don't like it get your guys in a majority in the Senate and your man in the White House. Otherwise deal with it.

    October 5, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. LINDA VO

    Ask fellow Republicans give a little sympathy for their disadvantage fellow citizen. Help them out now to raise their children who will be successful later and pay back by their tax contribution later. The children of the poor normally contribute to the country more than the children from well-to-do families.

    October 5, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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