Trump ignores Republicans on Democrats' debt limit and Harvey funds plan

Trump ignores Republicans on Democrats' debt limit and Harvey funds plan

Trump signaled after the meeting that he was willing to move quickly to raise the debt ceiling for a three-month extension. He said he will support the measure. "I will be adding that as an amendment to the flood relief bill that's come over from the House, on the floor", McConnell said. "CR" refers to a continuing resolution, which will extend existing government funding levels into mid-December, when the prospect of an enormous new round of deal-making now looms.

Just hours before, House Speaker Paul Ryan called a three-month debt limit extension proposed by Democrats "ridiculous" and "unworkable".

The proposal attaches the disaster aid to a government funding bill that would raise the USA debt limit and keep the government running through 15 December, setting up a fiscal showdown at the end of the year that Republicans had hoped to avoid.

At least one Republican senator, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, swiftly lashed out at the news, issuing a terse statement: "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad".

"Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on many issues before us", Schumer and Pelosi said in a joint statement.

"But let us say this, and I think I speak for the Leader as well, if a clean DREAM Act does not come to the floor in September, we're prepared to attach it to other items this Fall until it passes", he added.

Conservative groups criticized the deal, saying it weakens the hands of Republicans by giving Democrats more power over a spending bill at the end of the year. They might not love everything he said or did, but he had been very successful in his deals and in his career.

The House vote is only the first step in the legislative process. Republican leaders had sought an 18-month extension, and later cut that to six months.




Politico's also hearing that Trump sided with Pelosi and Schumer against Ryan et al.

The party in power - in this case Republicans - often argues for as long of a debt limit increase as possible for two reasons. "We got another unprecedented hurricane about to hit Florida, and they want to play politics with the debt ceiling?"

Several Republicans briefed on the meeting said that Trump, who has been absent a major legislative achievement for his first seven months in office, was hungry for a deal.

That essentially echoed Trump, who trumpeted the deal aboard Air Force One as he headed to North Dakota to promote tax reform.

Trump also expressed optimism that Congress could forge a deal on undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.

The House-passed bill would provide $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450,000 for the Small Business Administration. The measure, passed 419-3, is created to provide relief to tens of thousands of homeowners from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and other parts of the Gulf Coast.

The agreement includes bundling relief for Hurricane Harvey with a three-month continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through December 15, in addition to a three-month fix to raise the debt limit to be passed this week.

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