Trump Backs Harvey Aid, Changes Priorities, Breaks With Republicans

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While conservative Republicans are opposed to linking storm relief to a debt limit bill, Democratic congressional leaders have said they would support tying the aid to a shorter-term debt ceiling increase.

So at a White House meeting yesterday with congressional leaders from both parties and both branches, Trump opted for a three-month deal to fund government and raise the debt limit and provide $7.9 billion in disaster relief funding.

Trump hailed a "very good" deal with Democratic lawmakers that will see the government funded and able to borrow all it needs until at least December 15, avoiding a disruptive shutdown.

Toward the end of the meeting Ivanka Trump entered the Oval Office to "say hello" and the meeting careened off topic.

President Donald Trump on Wednesday sided with Democrats in backing a package that ties emergency disaster aid for Harvey-ravaged Texas and Louisiana to an extension of federal spending and an increased debt limit through December 15.

"The president's priority was to make sure we have the funding for Harvey and to make sure we raise the debt limit to pay for that", he added.

Republicans were advocating for a suspension of the debt ceiling of either six or 18 months. "By extending the debate over the debt ceiling and government funding for another three months, this allows a more focused effort to get the GOP Congress to keep their promises on funding the wall, reining in government, cutting taxes and repealing Obamacare".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called Wednesday "a good day in a generally very partisan town", after President Trump sided with Democrats on contentious issues.

"We obviously have now the hurricane spending, which is an issue". "They win the politics of DACA and leverage on debt in the winter".

Donald Trump said on Thursday (Sep 7) he was open to eliminating a cap on USA government borrowing, a bane for many U.S. presidents but loved by his own Republican party. On Wednesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called the idea of a short-term debt ceiling increase "ridiculous". We don't know yet what that deal will look like, but a version of the DREAM Act could be back on the table. "Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka's presence". Trump's administration said Tuesday it is rescinding the program but is giving Congress six months to take action on it.

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

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