Congressional Democrats back Harvey aid with three-month debt limit increase

07 September, 2017, 02:04 | Author: Irene Delgado
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Trump, who has had fraught relations with congressional leaders in both parties, is heading into the toughest legislative stretch of his presidency.

In a joint statement after the meeting, Pelosi and Schumer signaled that Trump agreed to punt everything to December.

At first, in Wednesday's Oval Office meeting, the Republicans lobbied for an 18-month debt ceiling extension, then 12 months and then six, but Trump waved them off. But the president sided with the Democrats, agreeing to only a three-month deal. "He was sick of this fight". Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wanted a three-month extension.

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. Trump just chose to listen and then make a decision on the spot, the source told CNN.

Trump in recent weeks has been clearly and publicly frustrated with Republican leaders, notably McConnell.

Ryan, in a press conference just hours before the meeting, blasted the three-month extension proposal from Schumer and Pelosi as a "ridiculous idea".

Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., accused Trump of abandoning Republican leaders.

If Congress can pass a package containing all three measures, it would knock out politically contentious September deadlines to avoid risking default on the federal debt and a government shutdown.

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Trump met with Congressional leadership earlier Wednesday to discuss the issues along with other legislative matters. Pressed repeatedly, a White House spokesperson declined to comment on the Ivanka drop-by.

"Now nothing will get done between now and December 15". "You think people will vote for a budget now?"

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. In mid-December, with winter holidays around the corner, Democrats will have another chance to use must-pass legislation as leverage for other priorities. "We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred, very important".

"The president can speak for himself, but his feeling was that we needed to come together to not create a picture of divisiveness at a time of genuine national crisis, and that was the rationale".

Trump described the meeting to reporters on Air Force One: "We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer". "And I said if we can get something to happen, we're going to sign it and we're going to make a lot of happy people".

The House of Representatives approved almost $8 billion of initial emergency relief funds Wednesday for victims of Hurricane Harvey, a deadly storm that ravaged Houston, Texas, and other areas of the Gulf Coast region last week.

Harvey devastated Houston and coastal Texas as FEMA's relief funds dry up.

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Schumer has openly talked about driving a wedge between the President and the GOP.

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