Earlier this week, in a surprise deal, the President agreed with Democrats on a plan to provide aid to Hurricane Harvey victims, increase the debt limit and fund the government until 15 December – a move that went against the wishes of many Republicans.
United States homeland security advisor Tom Bossert speaks during a press conference at the White House on September 8, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to reporters before the Senate approved $15.25 billion in aid for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey along with measures that would fund the federal government and raise its borrowing limit on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2017.
“This was a bad deal, this was a foolish deal”, House Republican Sean Duffy told Fox Business Network, stressing Trump inadvertently handed Democrats substantial leverage when it comes to revisiting the debt ceiling and government funding in December, in large part because Republicans will be pressing ahead at that time with a tax reform bid.
The bill passed despite opposition from conservatives who objected to the bipartisan deal forged by President Donald Trump and top Democrats. He even honored a request by Nancy Pelosi, the top House of Representatives Democrat, to publicly reassure the Dreamers they do not face imminent deportation. He defended the deal and Trump. The legislation included $15.25 billion in aid for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters and would fund the federal government and raise its borrowing limit through December 8.
The White House says President Trump urged his administration to stay engaged in supporting the governors of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida and other states that may be affected.
The bill extends USA borrowing authority and funds the federal government until December 8, and frees up emergency relief funding just as Florida braces for a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, which has already been blamed for 17 deaths across the Caribbean.
“It was absolutely the right thing to do”, Mulvaney told reporters after the meeting.
“This is an embarrassing moment for a Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican administration”, said Sen.
The limit set on the amount of money it can borrow is the debt ceiling, which Congress must regularly increase in votes that often become nasty political fights that have spooked financial markets over the prospect of an unprecedented US government debt default. “You can’t just have one party govern”.
President Donald Trump started Friday with a series of tweets on one of his most frequent topics of criticism: the legislative filibuster. Seventeen Republican senators voted against increasing the debt limit.
Schumer said on Thursday he hoped the meeting was “a ray of hope for both parties coming together on the big issues”.