Skip to comments.Harvey aid inclusion in the budget garners bi-partisan support
Posted on 09/08/2017 3:00:14 PM PDT by Jagermonster
In a deal President Trump struck with Democratic leaders that includes aid for hurricane Harvey heads to the House Friday. Though the deal could lead to continued cooperation across the aisles, some Republicans feel the partnership is short-term.
WASHINGTONConservative grumbling aside, the House is heading toward backing a $15.3 billion disaster aid package that President Trump and Democrats have linked to a temporary increase in America's borrowing authority and keeping the government funded through December.
The House vote on Friday would send the massive package to Mr. Trump for his signature, replenishing rapidly dwindling emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of hurricane Irma this weekend and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of the Harvey storm.
The must-do legislation, backed 80 to 17 by the Senate on Thursday, would provide money to fund government agencies through Dec. 8, eliminating the threat of a shutdown when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Republicans cast all 17 no votes.
Trump stunned Republicans by cutting a deal with Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) of California to increase the debt limit for three months, rather than the long-term approach preferred by the GOP. Voting on the debt limit is politically toxic for Republicans, and the deal will make the GOP vote twice ahead of next year's midterm elections.
Fiscal conservatives have clamored for deep cuts in spending in exchange for any increase in the government's borrowing authority. The storm relief measure had widespread support, but the linkage with the debt ceiling left many Republicans frustrated.
"It's like the Washington that Trump campaigned against," said Rep...
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No debt ceiling increase.