Trump, Schumer to push permanent repeal of debt ceiling

Shelley Moore Capito voting in favor of the legislation.

After leaving the meeting, Mulvaney dodged a question about whether he would have voted for the bill, choosing to praise Trump's decision to reach across the aisle. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., was the only West Virginia delegate to vote for passage. Republicans want that longer allowance to avoid having to take another vote on the politically toxic issue before the 2018 congressional elections. Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins. "We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred, very important". While it averts a fall government shutdown and a default on the nation's debt until at least December, it also emboldens Democrats to push for immigration changes or spending priorities without giving an inch to the right.

The Harvey-related aid was made available just as Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful hurricanes in recorded history, was expected to hit the southeastern state of Florida. The measure sailed through the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans complained that a short-term deal gives leverage to Democrats for the next round of talks, when the deal expires in December, and forces lawmakers to take another politically hard vote on the debt limit.

The government's response to Harvey is draining existing disaster reserves, with Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster accounts hovering at $1 billion or less. "Needed now more than ever". Concerns over too much government spending and a ballooning national debt leading to an eventual crisis are real.


"Disaster assistance should be considered on its own -- not to advance another agenda", Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and one of the few Texans against the bill, said in a statement.

"I thought it was absolutely the right thing to do", the former SC congressman said. Another wing of GOP opposition to the package was defense hawks, who were opposed due to the three-month continuing resolution.

Jenkins said he could not pass a bill with "yet more wasteful spending and debt".

Conservatives have demanded budget cuts in exchange for any hike in the debt limit, and they were unhappy with a deal that combined more than $15 billion in disaster relief with the less palatable debt increase. Another $7.4 billion in community block grants was included for housing aid, and $450 million for Small Business Administration loans.

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