Published: Thu, September 07, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Sides With Democrats In Deal On Storm Relief And Fiscal Deadlines

Trump Sides With Democrats In Deal On Storm Relief And Fiscal Deadlines

Knowing the urgency needed and the difficulty of voting against disaster relief, Republican leadership plans to attach an increase to the debt ceiling when the bill arrives in the Senate, putting conservatives who oppose lifting the borrowing limit without budgetary reforms and guarantees of reduced government spending in a hard place: Vote against disaster relief or turn their back on principled opposition to increased government spending. But he carefully labeled it a solution "the president and the Senate and House Democratic leadership agreed to".

Congress will need to approve the deal before it is finalised.

"We had a very good meeting", Trump said of his conversation earlier in the day with top Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House.

"We had a very good meeting, we essentially came to a deal and I think the deal will be very good", he said while travelling to North Dakota for an event on tax reform on Wednesday.

Pelosi and Schumer offered their votes for a package that would provide aid to Hurricane Harvey victims and raise the debt ceiling only through December 15, while Republican leaders supported a debt ceiling increase through the 2018 mid-term elections, aides said.

"Given Republican difficulty in finding the votes for their plan, we believe this proposal offers a bipartisan path forward to ensure prompt delivery of Harvey aid as well as avoiding a default", the leaders stated.

Trump met with Congressional leadership earlier Wednesday to discuss the issues along with other legislative matters. When it was time to choose between Democrats and Republicans in Congress and within his own administration, the president tilted left.

The move by Pelosi and Schumer appears aimed at preserving Democratic leverage as Congress confronts a weighty fall agenda.

The president gave neither what they wanted. That total would likely be closer if the debt ceiling and a short-term government funding bill are added to the legislation once it reaches the Senate.

Republicans at least for now have to deal with newly resurgent Democrats, who have been virtually powerless since Trump became president and Republicans maintained their hold on Congress. For that, they have Mr Trump to thank. He said he feared that Trump would "absolutely" readily make deals with the opposition party.

The roughly 40 Freedom Caucus members in the House would not necessarily have the power to block legislation linking Harvey relief to a debt-ceiling hike.

Under this plan, the House would pass the almost $8 billion Harvey relief bill on Wednesday.

Some New York Democrats reminded Texas Republicans of their votes opposing Superstorm Sandy aid five years ago. The money can also be applied to help with Hurricane Irma, now a Category 5 story aiming for Florida.

"The need for certainty now is incredibly important", Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor Wednesday, noting that he was in discussions with Democrats.

US President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders have agreed on introducing the single bill aiming at debt ceiling, government funding until December 15 and Hurricane Harvey relief aid, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday.

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