Republican leaders annoyed' over Ivanka visit during meeting

Republican leaders annoyed' over Ivanka visit during meeting

U.S. President Donald Trump has agreed with Democratic congressional leaders to increase the nation's debt ceiling and extend the federal government's funding through mid-December, a deal that included relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

"Despite the fact that some of the representatives for areas affected by Hurricane Harvey heavily criticized and voted against the assistance provided in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, I wholeheartedly support the funding in this bill and expect a much larger request from the administration, including funding to mitigate damage from future storms", said New York Democrat Rep. Nita Lowey, the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee.

McConnell later suggested that Trump had pushed for the deal because "his feeling was that we needed to come together, to not create a picture of divisiveness at a time of genuine national crisis", with Harvey having devastated coastal Texas and Hurricane Irma threatening the Caribbean and Florida.

Knowing the urgency needed and the difficulty of voting against disaster relief, Republican leadership plans to attach an increase to the debt ceiling when the bill arrives in the Senate, putting conservatives who oppose lifting the borrowing limit without budgetary reforms and guarantees of reduced government spending in a hard place: Vote against disaster relief or turn their back on principled opposition to increased government spending. They said, however, that they would only support a debt-ceiling increase that amounted to a three-month extension. That would force the Republicans to vote on another politically treacherous increase at the end of this year while GOP leaders would like to increase the limit until after next year's midterm elections.

Several Republicans briefed on the meeting said that Trump, who has been absent a major legislative achievement for his first seven months in office, was hungry for a deal.

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Sen. Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican and consistent Trump critic, issued a one line statement: "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad". Democrats insisted on a three-month increase, only to be joined by Trump.

"We're calling on (House Speaker Paul) Ryan and (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell to immediately put the Dream Act for a vote on the floor in the House and Senate", Schumer said.

The inclusion of the debt ceiling hike into the House bill puts conservatives in a hard spot.

Republican leaders had sought an 18-month extension, and later cut that to six months.

"Today was a good day in a generally very partisan town", Schumer told reporters at the Capitol.

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Congress must raise the debt ceiling by the end of September to prevent the government from defaulting on its obligations.

The agreement comes as Congress, which reconvened this week following the August recess, faces a series of pressing fiscal deadlines.

Cruz wouldn't say if he'd support Harvey funding combined with the debt ceiling.

Republican Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said Trump "wasn't left with a lot of good options".

Top Republicans also wanted to deny any leverage to Democrats, who are seeking concessions on issues such as immigration, healthcare and tax reform.

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