Trump makes a debt ceiling deal with Democrats, complicating work for Republicans

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders in the Oval Office of the White House Wednesday Sept. 6 2017 in Washington

Trump makes a debt ceiling deal with Democrats, complicating work for Republicans

"While it is disappointing that the status quo in Washington, being perpetuated through December on the continuing resolution and debt ceiling, President Donald Trump has changed the playing field", Rick Manning of Americans for Limited Government (ALG) noted.

Instead, though, this deal all but ensures the December legislative calendar will be dominated by a painful showdown over the debt ceiling and government funding.

Still, Mnuchin traveled to North Dakota with the president later in the day, and on the way back told reporters on Air Force One: "I could not be happier that we had bipartisan support today" to extend the debt ceiling.

The agreement reached between Trump and Democrats includes an assistance package for people affected by Harvey, which has killed more than 60 people and displaced thousands in the states of Texas and Louisiana.

On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin signaled that the administration had a strong desire to pass the debt-limit increase.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday that DACA is being repealed, and will expire in six months' time. Republican leaders reportedly planned to attach a debt-limit increase to the bill in the Senate, potentially alienating conservatives opposed to linking the two measures.

But Trump's agreement with the Democrats-whose votes are vitally needed because many Republicans will refuse to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts-marks a remarkable milestone in the Trump presidency.

In an interview with Fox Business Network, Mnuchin said he was not anxious about the plan going off track because of either Democrats, who won the surprise deal on Wednesday with the Republican president, or more conservative Republicans making their own demands.

The idea of adding a three-month extension of the debt ceiling to Harvey aid had also been called "ridiculous" by Republican-controlled House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The critical background here is that the Republican Party hates dealing with the debt ceiling.

The deal promises to speed a $7.9 billion Harvey aid bill, which passed the House Wednesday, to Trump's desk before disaster accounts run out later this week.

Reacting to the deal, Republican Senator Ben Sasses said simply: "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad".

President Trump has unexpectedly made a turn and declared sides with Democrats lawmakers on the debt ceiling proposal, thereby shocking GOP leaders who proposed a contrary deal, The Hill reports. "She actually said, 'Daddy, can I go with you?' I like that, right?" It remains to be seen whether there is any desire for the president or congressional leadership to work together.

All this ugliness is why Ryan and McConnell wanted a debt ceiling increase that would last through the 2018 elections.

The danger, of course, is that no one knows what price Democrats will want to extract three months from now. "I will be adding that as an amendment to the flood relief bill that's come over from the House, on the floor", McConnell said.

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