The House voted Wednesday to provide $7.85 billion in Harvey relief, 419-3, starting the process for the month’s major work: a debt ceiling increase, a continuing resolution funding government, and disaster relief. It’s looking like all of those things will be combined in one bill in the Senate.
Democratic leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer staked out their position on this ahead of a planned meeting between Donald Trump and congressional leaders Wednesday—the Democrats would support a three-month extension of the debt ceiling and a three-month continuing resolution along with disaster aid. House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted that offer as “ridiculous” and “unworkable.”
Trump apparently didn’t agree with Ryan.
President Donald Trump agreed to a request from congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and extend government funding through Dec. 15, according to sources familiar with a meeting he held Wednesday with congressional leaders. The package would also include relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
This, reportedly, isn’t going over well with Republicans.
Pelosi and Schumer released a statement saying “Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us.” Then they get to the point of why they made this three month offer in the first place: “As Democratic leaders, we also made clear that we strongly believe the DREAM Act must come to the floor and pass as soon as possible and we will not rest until we get this done.”
For their part, the House maniacs are pouting. Freedom Caucus spokesperson Alyssa Farah tweets a threat: “Don’t make December plans.” Their love affair with Trump appears to be over.