House Overwhelming Passes $7.9 Billion Harvey Aid Package

Hurricane Harvey Could Fit Into A Secret Plan To Raise The Debt Ceiling

In a rebuke to Republican leaders, Trump backed Democrats' plan to support a deal that would fund Hurricane Harvey aid but only raise the debt ceiling for three months.

As of last week, the House was set to actually consider a $876 million cut from FEMA's disaster relief accounts to help fund Trump's promised U.S. -Mexico border wall. The bill moves to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the plan this week, the bulk of which will go to Federal Emergency Management Agency, which has warned that it is running out of resources rapidly.

"Providing aid in the wake of Harvey and raising the debt ceiling are both important issues, and Democrats want to work to do both", Schumer and Pelosi said in a statement.

But in 2010, as a member of the House minority, Ryan vocally opposed an increase in the debt ceiling without concessions.

"Democratic votes are needed to quickly pass a debt limit increase, even though Republicans control Congress". But White House officials and GOP leaders in Congress have pressed for a quick resolution to the debt-limit issue to remove the threat of a federal government default in the midst of an annual spending cycle - compounded by the need to provide relief to the victims of Harvey and possibly Irma, a major hurricane approaching the Florida coast.

"I'm told if we don't raise the debt ceiling, then we can't appropriate the additional funds for Harvey on an emergency basis, which we absolutely need to do", he added. "We have no excuse why we can't do it now with Republican leadership".

"That will strand the aid we need to bring to these victims of these storms that have occurred or about to occur, and they also threaten to default on our debt - I think that's ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment".

Top Democrats have agreed to tie funding for Harvey relief to a bill for a short-term debt limit increase, which is also a much-needed measure for the US economy.




Conservative Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, who represents a Dallas-area district, said he is eager to deliver relief for his fellow Texans but he would not say whether he would vote for an aid bill tied to a debt-limit increase. "As Democratic leaders, we also made it clear that we strongly believe the DREAM Act must come to the floor and pass as soon as possible and we will not rest until we get this done".

The bill is now on its way to the Senate - where some have said an increase to the nation's debt ceiling could be tacked on - before it reaches President Donald Trump's desk for final approval. "I continue to be anxious about the debt, but I don't think this is the time to have that debate".

If a debt limit provision isn't added to the Harvey bill, GOP leader could add it to the stopgap spending bill, which is also likely to contain necessary extensions for other expiring programs like federal flood insurance and the Federal Aviation Administration.

"There's a good chance that Harvey makes all that a little easier", Yarmuth said.

Senior Texas U.S. Sen.

And the clock is ticking on a Republican plan to overhaul the US tax code.

"It's the party. It's the Republican brand", Representative Dave Brat of Virginia. Republicans passed spending reforms with Barack Obama as president.

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