Democratic leaders on Wednesday said Congress will move forward with a plan to bundle together Hurricane Harvey relief funds, a suspension of the debt ceiling for three months, and a three-month continuing resolution to keep the government funded.
The deal was supported by Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. President Donald Trump, who agreed to the deal, while Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan were reportedly opposed.
“In the meeting, the President and Congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together,” the statement from Schumer and Pelosi said. “Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us.”
The biggest point of contention appeared to be the three-month extension of the debt ceiling. Republicans would have preferred a longer extension to avoid another fight in December. Democrats could use the opportunity as leverage to attach a provision aimed at codifying into law the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration program, which the Trump administration said Tuesday would be phased out over the next six months.
Conservative Republicans including the House Freedom Caucus and Sen. Rand Paul are opposed to combining Harvey relief with any other measure, so it will likely take a large number of Democrats to pass.
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