Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump's deal with Democrats makes Republicans shudder

Trump's deal with Democrats makes Republicans shudder

President Donald Trump sided with Democrats on adding a three-month extension of the USA debt limit and government spending to a hurricane-relief bill over the arguments of fellow Republicans, who pressed for a longer debt extension.

"That's what I will be offering, based on the president's decision, to the (House of Representatives) bill".

Trump described the meeting to reporters on Air Force One: "We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer".

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzNorth Korea fears demand attention despite domestic concerns Cruz: N. Korean test "serious escalation" of its ability to commit mass murder Sunday shows preview: Trump faces aftermath of Harvey MORE (R-Texas), whose state was hit hard by the hurricane, refused to say how he would vote if it was attached to a debt ceiling vote but said "the best way for that relief package to move quickly is for it to be a clean package".

The three-month debt ceiling increase became an immediate point of contention with Republicans, who may want to raise the debt ceiling for longer since a short-term raise would give Democrats another chance for leverage later this year.

"We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred - very important - always we'll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it", the president said.

The framework of a plan to deal with the huge number of looming deadlines facing Congress appeared to take shape Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats still squabbled over the details of the plan.

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.

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Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is perhaps an unwelcome but needed solution for Republican leaders who are struggling to solidify support for a debt limit increase.

Republican leaders, according to the source, pushed for an 18-month debt limit hike, then floated six months.

"In the meeting, the President and Congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together".

The House-passed bill would provide $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450,000 for the Small Business Administration. "Given the interplay between all the issues Congress must tackle in September, Democrats and Republicans must discuss all the issues together and come up with a bipartisan consensus", the two said in a joint statement on Sunday.

With a 419 to 3 vote, the relief marks just the first step in a long recovery process for Louisiana and Texas.

"Today was a good day in a generally very partisan town", Schumer told reporters at the Capitol. Ryan said. "That will strand the aid that we need to bring to the victims of these storms".

Lawmakers are facing pressing legislative priorities. The bill did not yet include the debt limit or government funding.

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are left fuming. He accused the Democratic leaders of "playing politics" and jeopardizing the federal response to Harvey by calling for a short-term debt limit hike.

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