We heard talk of getting the debt ceiling legislation tied to Harvey relief, and now we are hearing talk about getting DACA linked to financial relief for those ravaged by Hurricane Harvey.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Tuesday that she would support legislation that focused on protecting undocumented immigrants as a part of a bill to both raise the debt ceiling and provide emergency relief in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
Well, she got her wish TheHill reports:
We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Wednesday.
He added that “so we have an extension, which will go out to December 15th. That will include the debt ceiling, that will include the CRs, and it will include Harvey.”
Democrats were the first to announce the deal, which appeared to come despite some objections from Republicans.
“In the meeting, the president and congressional leadership agreed to pass aid for Harvey, an extension of the debt limit, and a continuing resolution both to December 15, all together,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement.
The announcement comes after Pelosi, Schumer, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) met with Trump at the White House to discuss the fall agenda.
“I will be adding that as an amendment to the [House] flood relief bill,” McConnell told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
McConnell confirmed he will support the agreement.
Other Republicans, possibly surprised to see the Republican president cut a deal with Democrats, soon raised their concerns.
“The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad,” said Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).
A Democratic aide said the three-month offer would allow Congress to avoid defaulting and give an initial round of recovery funding “while allowing Democrats to push their priorities in the upcoming negotiations, particularly the DREAM Act.”
Ryan shot down an offer from Democrats earlier on Wednesday that would link a three-month debt ceiling increase and Harvey aid, accusing the Democrats of trying to “play politics with the debt ceiling.”
With the President working a deal with Democrats this is a total punch in the month to the Republican leadership in the Congress who have failed to deliver. You must wonder moving forward what this means for Republicans and the President and how this will look going forward.
Credit: The Hill