Trump splits with GOP to support Democrats’ plan to package Harvey aid, debt ceiling, spending

Sept 7, 2017

President Donald Trump on Wednesday broke with his party and agreed to back a short-term debt ceiling extension and government funding measure as part of the package to approve relief funding for Hurricane Harvey.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later said he would support the package.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said that “the president and the congressional leadership agreed” to the proposal following a meeting at the White House. Republican lawmakers in the room opposed Schumer and Pelosi’s push to extend the debt limit and fund the government for only three months, but Trump agreed to it.

Talking to reporters on Air Force One on his way to a tax reform speech in North Dakota, Trump said the deal “will be very good.”

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This article was posted: Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:29 am

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