Freedom Caucus says it can’t block 3-month debt agreement

Mark Meadows (R-NC) comments on President Trump’s debt ceiling deal with Democrats on Wednesday in an interview with Neil Cavuto on the FOX Business Network.

During an Oval Office meeting Wednesday, Trump accepted a proposal by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY and his House counterpart, Nancy Pelosi of California, to tie a three-month suspension of the debt limit to a Hurricane Harvey relief measure and throw in a stopgap continuing resolution to fund the government into December. When you look at this you either had an 18-month clean debt limit, or you had what was agreed to, a three-month clean debt limit.

Pat Tiberi will lead the Main Street Caucus, formed by the organization for centrist Republicans that was once headed by Steve LaTourette, a former Republican congress member from Bainbridge Township who died in 2016.

The board said “the honorable act” would be for Meadows “to announce an immediate challenge to Mr. Ryan surrounded by his Freedom Caucus supporters and Mr. Bannon’s Breitbart staff”, referring to former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who left President Donald Trump’s administration in August. “It’s not something that any of us advocated for”.

Freedom Caucus members also complained that Republican leaders lacked a clear plan on dealing with the debt limit. It is expected to be among the largest caucuses for GOP Congress members, along with the Republican Study Committee and House Freedom Caucus. But Meadows said there are few details on that plan and little time with which to get the effort passed.

In a piece for The Resurgent, Erickson argued that the deal Trump struck with Democrats over a Hurricane Harvey aid package that included raising the debt ceiling has a familiar tone.

The big push for the rest of the year will come on tax reform. It also would almost double disaster funding to $15.25 billion from what the House passed earlier in the day.

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