The law is a first installment in replenishing depleted federal emergency coffers.
Texans have been working to get Houston and the rest of the Texas Gulf Coast back on its feet, but not all of the Texas Congressmen have been locking step on this effort.
“What was the leadership’s plan for raising the debt ceiling”.
The aid measure, which passed the House on a vote of 316-90, was the first injection of emergency money that could rival or exceed the $110 billion federal response after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, though future aid packages may be more hard to pass.
The measure keeps the government funded into December.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, one of Trump’s informal advisers said taking up Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on their offer of a three-month extension to the nation’s borrowing authority meant clearing the deck for his top priority. Republicans wanted to raise the debt ceiling for a longer period that would have extended past the 2018 midterm elections.
“Disaster relief and the debt ceiling should have been completely separate”, said Sen.
Representative Bill Flores, a Republican helping round up votes for the deal, said his count of party members intending to vote yes on the legislation “didn’t look very good”.
Cole tells MSNBC: “There’s all kinds of implications of what he did yesterday, but count me as saying I believe there’s more of an upside than a downside”.
“If it wasn’t so serious, it would have been a comedy”, Costello said.
“There was a part of it if it wasn’t so serious, it would have kind of been amusing”, said Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pennsylania.
Mulvaney was booed when he stepped to the microphone, though lawmakers said it was good-natured. But Cuban had nothing to gain from praising Trump – and, given the mood of the Democratic base, much to lose.
“He just wanted to get it done, get it out of the way”, Ryan added, “so that aid is flowing to the states that need it right now so that we can go and then focus on things like tax reform”. Having President Trump stuck in an impossible tactical situation made no difference to the soulless Democrat check dispensers and they figured if they couched their extortive demands in just the right way they would get whatever they desired. But conservatives were upset that the debt ceiling did not include any of their ideas capping spending or reforming regulations. The deal tied funds for Hurricane Harvey recovery to a three-month increase of the debt ceiling.
Conservatives disliked both options. If it were to be eliminated and replaced with ironclad limits on federal spending, which would lead to the stabilizing and eventual reduction in total federal debt, it might be a good idea. The storm relief measure had widespread support, but the linkage with the debt ceiling left many Republicans frustrated.
“We are public servants, and we are expected to do what we are doing”, House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas said, thanking quick work with Slaughter on the package when lawmakers returned from the recess Tuesday.
Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.), a Freedom Caucus member, called the comments “unhelpful” and “intellectually insulting”.
Meanwhile it is obvious Trump truly wants to help the flooded-out victims and he also realizes politically speaking he can’t go back on a promise to aid them. “So that’s the frustration”.
Current government funding was set to expire at the end of the month, with a possible government shutdown looming, and the U.S. Treasury had asked Congress to raise the debt limit immediately.
Testing his new opening with Democrats, Trump also reached out to their congressional leaders on how to resolve another tricky issue, the fate of the 800,000 so-called Dreamers, young adults brought illegally to the United States as children.