McConnell to support Trump-Democratic deal on debt ceiling, Harvey

Posted September 07, 2017

After meeting with Republican and Democratic congressional leaders Wednesday morning, President Trump announced that he had cut a deal with the Democrats that would provide a first tranche of aid to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as keep the government funded and solvent past the end of the month.

"I'm glad that some Republicans in Congress have voiced their opposition to the president's decision, because we're going to need them to right the ship".

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

The House on Wednesday approved roughly $8 billion in initial emergency aid for relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, which tore into Texas on August 25.

"His feeling was that we needed to come together, to not create a picture of divisiveness at a time of genuine national crisis", McConnell said.

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".

Ivanka paid a visit to the office during a Wednesday meeting to "say hello" to President Donald Trump. "Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi to do a three month C.R. and a debt ceiling into December", McConnell said.

Trump not only undercut Republican congressional leaders but also his own advisers-including Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, who had also advocated for passing a debt limit hike that would allow Congress to avoid another one of these showdowns before the 2018 elections. Democrats insisted on a three-month increase, only to be joined by Trump.

"Congress has an ability and an obligation to act, which is why we today are calling on Speaker Ryan and Leader McConnell to immediately put the DREAM Act on the floor for a vote in the House and Senate", the New York Democrat said at a press conference Wednesday.

Republican leaders, according to the source, pushed for an 18-month debt limit hike, then floated six months. Mnuchin has said Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling by September 29.

"Nothing can really capture just how big and wide this devastation is", Ryan said prior to the vote on the need for immediate relief funding. The House approved the measure in a 419-3 vote.

The agreement comes as Congress, which reconvened this week following the August recess, faces a series of pressing fiscal deadlines.

Democrats have also sought legislation to stabilize the health insurance markets, which have been mired by uncertainty over the future of the Affordable Care Act With Republicans failing thus far in their attempts to repeal and replace the healthcare law, Democrats could make their support for raising the debt ceiling contingent upon funding to stabilize the health insurance marketplace established by the ACA.

Republican Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Trump "wasn't left with a lot of good options". His administration has made it clear it wanted quick action on the debt ceiling, which is expected to be reached later this month.