Republican leaders in the room 'shell-shocked' following Trump deal with Democrats

Republican leaders in the room 'shell-shocked' following Trump deal with Democrats

During a meeting with congressional leaders at the White House, Trump surprised his GOP colleagues when he granted Democrats' request that Republicans pass a Hurricane Harvey relief package with a three-month debt increase.

"That's what I will be offering, based on the president's decision, to the (House of Representatives) bill".

The House of Representatives approved almost $8 billion of initial emergency relief funds Wednesday for victims of Hurricane Harvey, a deadly storm that ravaged Houston, Texas, and other areas of the Gulf Coast region last week.

"His feeling was that we needed to come together, to not create a picture of divisiveness at a time of genuine national crisis", McConnell said.

The US president went against Republican leaders who wanted to extend a debt-limit increase for longer, until after the 2018 mid-term elections.

Ryan called the Democratic plan for a measly three-month debt limit extension "ridiculous" and "unworkable", earlier Wednesday.That means Democrats would have leverage in three months when the debt limit vote comes up again and GOP leadership needs their support.

While rates on Treasury bills maturing around the previous late-September debt-limit deadline outlined by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin plunged, they surged on securities coming due around mid-December, suggesting Wall Street sees more legislative strife ahead.

McConnell noted during a press conference that Trump had agreed to the deal with the Democratic leaders, reluctantly saying he would support the measure.

At one point late in the meeting, the president's daughter Ivanka entered the Oval Office to say hello, said an aide briefed on the discussion.

"The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad", Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska said in a statement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced the agreement Wednesday after meeting with Trump at the White House. Then the Senate would attach a debt ceiling increase or suspension.

" We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer", Trump told reporters on the presidential aircraft, not offering any mention of Ryan or McConnell, who also were present. In effect, Trump undercut his own party to make a deal with Democrats.

"Republican leaders pushed for [an] 18-month debt limit hike, then floated 6 months".

If Congress does not raise the debt limit, the United States will run out of money to pay its bills.

"Given Republican difficulty in finding the votes for their plan, we believe this proposal offers a bipartisan path forward to ensure prompt delivery of Harvey aid as well as avoiding a default, while both sides work together to address government funding, Dreamers and health care", the leaders said.

"Nothing can really capture just how big and wide this devastation is", Ryan said prior to the vote on the need for immediate relief funding.

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

Most of the money - about $7.4 billion - will provide short-term support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's efforts to aid those affected by the storm. "And they want to play politics with the debt ceiling?"

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