GOP looking at six-week debt limit extension; won’t end shutdown
House Republicans are discussing a six-week extension of the nation’s debt limit as a way to buy time for more negotiations with President Obama.
It is not clear if the hike Republicans are considering to the $16.7 trillion debt limit would be completely “clean,” meaning it would not demand concessions from Democrats. A clean hike would mark a significant concession to the White House.
But the legislation would not end the government shutdown, which could give Republicans continued leverage in the fight.
Let’s see, a deal that doesn’t end the government shutdown and promises a repeat of this drama in six weeks — right at peak holiday shopping time, when America’s retailers want people to feel like the global economy is swirling the drain. Sounds like a brilliant plan!
Surely nobody anticipated that electing people who don’t believe in government to government office would make a complete mess of government. It’s a mystery, I tellz ya!
C’mon, Republicans. Stop farting around here and get serious. This isn’t a deal, it’s your WTF moment. Republicans are getting pounded from all sides and they know it. Going through this whole crisis again in six weeks isn’t going to help you.
Here’s some schadenfreude from Booman to brighten your day.