US House votes for Hurricane Harvey relief package

Manning – Tuesday Group Betraying the GOP Agenda			J. Scott Applewhite  Associated Press		by Rick Manning5 Sep 20170		5 Sep 2017		5 Sep 2017

It sounded like a whole new Donald Trump.

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

"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".

A source briefed on the meeting said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and all Republicans there argued for a debt limit increase for a longer period.

Trump didn't mention House Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who were also present at the meeting but opposed the Dem-backed deal. "Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka's presence".

McConnell and Ryan were "blindsided by this", a Republican official told CNN. He was angry the Senate was unable to repeal Obamacare.

According to Politico, McConnell who had originally advocated for an 18-month hike in the debt ceiling were forced on the defensive, retreating to advocating for six months.

The deal, though, could reverberate farther. In mid-December, with winter holidays around the corner, Democrats will have another chance to use must-pass legislation as leverage for other priorities.

This also comes a day after the Trump administration announced that it was ending the 2012 program created by Obama that has deferred deportations for more than 780,000 people who came to the USA illegally as children.


In a morning press conference along with DREAM Act sponsor Sen. Even if every GOP senator voted for the deal, which is unlikely, leadership will need the support of eight Democratic senators. They're hoping to find support among GOP lawmakers in California, Texas and Florida.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the deal will let the government borrow and pay its bills through December 15.

Trump seemingly agreed, telling reporters aboard Air Force One that he would be open to signing such legislation.

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.

"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". "That was the rationale, I'm confident, for his decision".

The House vote is only the first step in the legislative process.

"Helping to clear the decks in September enables us to focus on tax reform for the American people", Marc Short, Trump's director of legislative affairs, told reporters.

It's a major development given the pressing list of tasks Congress had to take on over the next month, and the fact that Trump sided with Democrats' desires over those of Republicans.

Whether the influential caucus led by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., would go along remained uncertain. The House had already overwhelmingly approved a version of the Harvey relief bill with a 419-3 vote Wednesday. Failure to raise the ceiling could cause a meltdown in world financial markets.

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