The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a $15.25 billion disaster aid package despite strong objections from conservatives who oppose including an agreement struck by President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats to raise the federal borrowing limit and keep the government open until December 8. Many conservatives there are reluctant to vote to increase the debt limit without taking any other steps to curb federal spending.
On Thursday, Trump suggested he also was willing to work with Democrats to end congressional battles over the USA debt ceiling.
"This bill will also provide funding for any necessary relief following Hurricane Irma", the official added. (This is the sort of thing you think when enacting a particular Republican agenda isn't that high a priority.) With these sorts of deals, Trump gets some agenda items done and he doesn't end up looking foolish.
The vote was 316-90. Schumer and Rep. Pelosi to increase the debt limit for three months, rather than the long-term approach preferred by the GOP leaders that would have resolved the issue through next year's midterms.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., initially wanted a longer-term debt-ceiling increase, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., were the beneficiaries of the meeting Wednesday. But, an hour later, President Trump overruled his strong objections to side with the Democrats. Just the day before, 17 votes against the bill in Senate also came from Republicans.
On Twitter Friday, Trump referenced the GOP's failure to pass health care legislation.
"Many in the Republican Party are now saying: 'Hey, the president just made a deal with the Democrats". That a bill this bad for the GOP got this many votes is a testament to Republicans still not wanting to cross Trump ― and the vote total probably would have looked even more overwhelming had more members been present. "Why not do a daily debt ceiling?" The president made it clear "what he was aiming for in that meeting yesterday was a bipartisan moment while the country is facing two terrible hurricanes", Ryan said. The message followed the Trump administration's announcement earlier this week that it was rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but giving Congress six months to take action on it.