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October 10th, 2013
06:42 PM ET

Analysis: A possible way to re-open the government

A deal to temporarily lift the debt ceiling is in the works. If it comes through, it would enable the U.S. to continue paying its debt obligations through the end of November.

But what about that pesky issue of passing a continuing resolution to fund, and thus reopen the U.S. government?

"The way out of this is yes, there is some sort of fig leaf of concessions at some point that's mixed in with continuing resolutions that get passed with a mix of Democratic and Republican folks," said CNN political commentator and columnist for The New York Times Ross Douthat.

"The issue here is that Boehner clearly feels like he can't go all the way down that path yet without basically having his party in the House fall apart around him," said Douthat.

"We're already hearing Senate Republicans talking about attaching spending measures that would reopen the government to this debt ceiling lifting bill which we haven't seen yet," said chief Washington correspondent for Yahoo! News Olivier Knox.

"But you're talking about a situation in which the House could vote on its own pure version of this legislation, (it) goes to the Senate, Senate Republicans attach measures reopening the government, it goes back to the House. Now Speaker Boehner's hands are essentially clean, and he can go back and say look, we're up against the White House and both parties in the Senate," said Knox.

"He doesn't have 218 votes for anything over the last week or so. He's going to need Democratic votes, and so hopefully Democratic votes with Senate Republicans will help resolve this," said president for the Center for American Progress Neera Tanden.

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