Trump agrees to Democrat deal on spending and Harvey aid

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During a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, Trump surprised his GOP colleagues when he granted Democrats' request that Republicans pass a Hurricane Harvey relief package with a three-month debt increase.

"I'm glad that some Republicans in Congress have voiced their opposition to the President's decision, because we're going to need them to right the ship", Schumer said.

"We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer", Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Bismark, North Dakota.

"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".

Ryan called the Democratic plan for a measly three-month debt limit extension "ridiculous" and "unworkable", earlier Wednesday.That means Democrats would have leverage in three months when the debt limit vote comes up again and GOP leadership needs their support. If not, the government would be unable to borrow more money or pay its bills, including its debt payments.

McConnell noted during a press conference that Trump had agreed to the deal with the Democratic leaders, reluctantly saying he would support the measure.

Several Republicans briefed on the meeting said that Trump, who has been absent a major legislative achievement for his first seven months in office, was hungry for a deal. "Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi to do a three month C.R. and a debt ceiling into December", McConnell said.




Democrats, who are in the minority in Congress and no longer control the White House after eight years of the Obama administration, have succeeded in forcing that second vote on a debt limit bill later this year if the plan Trump embraced ends up passing this week.

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.

"But let us say this, and I think I speak for the Leader as well, if a clean DREAM Act does not come to the floor in September, we're prepared to attach it to other items this Fall until it passes", he added. "That will include the debt ceiling, that will include the CRs, and it will include Harvey". Democrats insisted on a three-month increase, only to be joined by Trump. Failure to increase the debt limit could cause the government to miss payments to bondholders and result in a default on government debt. But if the group decides to vote against the bill, it could exacerbate tensions among House Republicans and raise the specter that the bill could pass without a majority of the majority party - violating an informal rule that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) had pledged to adhere to when he became speaker in 2015.

The House passed $7.4 billion for a federal disaster-relief fund Wednesday, two days before it's set to run out.

Lawmakers are facing pressing legislative priorities.

Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are left fuming. But while the Democratic offer could make up for lost conservative votes, it would mean revisiting the debt-ceiling debate in just three months, an option some lawmakers want to avoid.

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