Trump Works With Democrats For Hurricane Relief
President Donald Trump’s decision to reject his Republican allies in Congress by making a short-term debt-limit deal with Democrats has many bracing for impact at what may happen in December.
“Democrats got exactly what they wanted,” said House Freedom Caucus head Mark Meadows. The deal “gives them the greatest leverage in the world to get exactly what they want later.”
The deal was made when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House representative Nancy Pelosi met with Trump to tie on a three-month suspension of the debt limit for Hurricane Harvey relief rather than government funding.
Future Conflict Will Arise In December
The Republican control the White House and both chambers in Congress, but many differences within the Party are stalling some progressive efforts. Bloomberg believes this latest deal will hand Democrats the upper hand.
“The agreement sets up what could be a major fight in December over government funding that is expected to include Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico and his decision to end a program that lets young undocumented immigrants stay in the U.S., as well as perhaps the debt ceiling.”
“Unworkable” Deal Now Features Disaster Relief
Before the meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan said the Democrats deal was “unworkable,” but this was before they included a new version that would aid Harvey relief and fund the government through December.
The disaster fund in the new deal was doubled to $15.25 billion. The debt limit fight could go into 2018 as the Treasury Department is allowed to employ certain extraordinary measures to extend their ability to operate.
Trump’s deal with the Democrats will soothe the initial concerns from the Treasury department, but the fight will continue into mid-December. The White House believes this deal will “clear the decks” for a tax overhaul.