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. sonny chapman

    Boehner & the WHOLE Repub. Party is gonna end up w/the hot potato in their lap or stuck up some other body part.

    October 14, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Slector Hagg



    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.
    They think their mere presence is enough of a concession: then they will be off on another 6-week break, complete with junkets overseas, nude swimming in the Sea of Galilee, and generous donations and gifts a la Bob McDonnell. After all, helping the rich to rape and loot the country is hard work.

    October 14, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Ron -IN: Democrats HAVE agreed to spending cuts – the problem lies with the repubs who aren't willing to accept they LOST in 2008 and 2012 and that Obamacare has been upheld by the Supreme Court.

    Repubs begged for the shutdown, and now that it's here, they are whining and complaining. What a bunch of LOSERS.

    October 14, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. sonny chapman

    Greg In Ark.- it's called the Hassert Rule. Not a promulgated House Rule, but an unofficial Repub. "Rule" that the Repub Speaker of the House will bring any Legislation can be brought to the Floor for be voted on by the whole House unless that Legislation has a REPUB Majority. It gives the Majority in the House a sort of filibuster.

    October 14, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @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."

    Your word salad makes no sense. Repubs are the ones with the lousy track record for breaking our nation's economy – the tea baggers are just a continuation of their failed policies and mentality.

    October 14, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  6. Ol' Yeller

    @Ron- IN...
    I agree with you somewhat, but I have real tough time seeing why you are letting the uber rich off so easy. Why is there a social security cap at all? I pay on 100% of my earnings, how come the most well off people in America only pay on a small percentage of their earnings? I think everyone should pay Social Security taxes on 100% of their earnings and Social Security should be means tested as should Medicaid. There... the programs are now solvent throughout my great great grandchildren's lives. And what did it cost those ultra rich? Well, they get to be patriotic and pay their fair share of taxes and help the greatest country in History remain the greatest country in history... I doubt many on here cares too much if they now just get to sock 2.3 billion in Cayman Islands as opposed to say 1.8 billion. It is ridiculous these people benefit so much from the country, but spend more money to get out of contributing back than they would to just pay up.

    October 14, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. McShannon

    We borrow money about 3.2 billion for Israel and similar amounts for Egypt, Afghanistan and Pakistan and just give it to them with a hocus pocus string attached. They must spend a predetermined amount purchasing weapons from USA arms manufacturers. The money that we give Israel amounts to $400 for every man woman and child much of which is subsidizing Lockheed Martin. Lockheed has the biggest lobby in DC and spends millions in DC to get their contracts. Lockheed gathered up in 2012 well over 42 billion dollars from military contracts and aid packages.
    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 14, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  8. cumulus

    Keep fighting for the rich fair, they love people like you: tax rate of 90 % during Eisenhower era, the strongest our country has ever been.I find it amusing how upper middle class people think that they are included in the gop plan, they are the great enablers, if they had a better understanding of how things got where they are, it may help bring change, once the lower income people are used up, who's next? That's right, you!

    October 14, 2013 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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