Schumer, Pelosi urge bipartisan cooperation on Harvey aid and debt ceiling

07 September 2017, 01:30 | Isaac Mcdaniel

Democratic leaders said Wednesday they'll provide the votes to pass a Hurricane Harvey relief package coupled with a three-month debt limit increase, hoping to capitalize on GOP infighting.

According to one congressional source briefed on the meeting, some Republican leaders were "visibly annoyed" during Ivanka Trump's appearance at the meeting, a description Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong said was untrue. Until Wednesday, that hasn't happened. "So he and President - then to become President George Herbert Walker Bush did the Family Fairness agenda - to do more than Congress did", she said.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who has been critical of Trump at times, expressed his disappointed with the deal in a succinct statement following the announcement.

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.

The Treasury Department has said the ceiling must be raised in the next few weeks.

Trump signaled after the meeting that he was willing to move quickly to raise the debt ceiling for a three-month extension. "We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good".

Granting just a three-month debt limit increase is a hardball tactic that preserves Democrats' ability to force another poisonous fight on Republicans at the end of the year.

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"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".

Bipartisan New York lawmakers supported the funding, despite holding some grudges against certain Texas Republicans for holding up funding to New York and New Jersey for relief from 2012's deadly Hurricane Sandy.

Just earlier Wednesday, Ryan had denounced the idea of a mere three-month deal as "ridiculous and disgraceful", accusing Democrats of playing politics "at a moment when we have fellow citizens in need".

"Nancy, Chuck, I appreciate it very much", Trump said in the Oval Office. We've got another unprecedented hurricane about to hit Florida. Ryan said. "That will strand the aid that we need to bring to the victims of these storms".

The plan, however, drew pushback form some more conservative Republican members who believe that the debt ceiling should be offset with spending cuts to manage the growth of debt.

It's unlikely that this particular accord signals an age of bipartisan bonhomie in Washington. Those comments came while the president was en route to a tax reform event in North Dakota, and he did not mention his own party's congressional leaders. On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it would discontinue the 2012 program established by Barack Obama to allow some 800,000 "Dreamers" to live in the us and receive work permits if they met various conditions, such as avoiding criminal activity. Mr. Trump on Tuesday said he would end the program after six months and urged lawmakers to pass broad immigration legislation before then.

Democratic leaders dismissed all of their proposals, standing firm by their three-month extension plan, which they had publicly endorsed in a joint statement before the meeting.

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