President Trump Sides With Democrats on Debt Ceiling

On Wednesday,  Sept. 6,  President Donald Trump appeared to make a deal with Democrats on raising the debt ceiling.

The Chicago Tribune reported that Trump exited a meeting with House and Senate Leadership, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, saying, “we essentially came to a deal and I think the deal will be very good”

The bill includes an extension of the national debt ceiling for 90 days which will prevent a government shutdown until a more permanent solution is reached in Congress. The bill also includes billions of dollars  in Harvey relief funding directed towards the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and other state and local agencies. An additional $450 million will be allocated to federal small business loans to aid Texas and Louisiana businesses in their recoveries

Paul Ryan and other House Republicans were less than enthusiastic regarding Trump’s negotiation with the Democrats. Ryan said to reporters, “I think it is ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment when we have fellow citizens in need.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared more open to offers made by the President and Democrats saying, “I will be offering [a three month funding extension] based off the President’s decision to the bill [and his agreement with]… Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi”

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