House Speaker Ryan blasts Democrats' proposal for 3-month debt limit increase

House Speaker Ryan blasts Democrats' proposal for 3-month debt limit increase

House Speaker Ryan blasts Democrats' proposal for 3-month debt limit increase

In a rebuke to Republican leaders, Trump backed Democrats' plan to support a deal that would fund Hurricane Harvey aid but only raise the debt ceiling for three months.

The Senate is expected to attach the money to a debt-limit vote later this week.

"We've got a lot of busy things happening here", McCarthy said.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is considering linking the Harvey aid to a measure to raise the debt ceiling, or the federal government's borrowing limit, that would run through the 2018 midterm elections, aides said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said this past weekend that an end of month deadline to lift the debt ceiling would need to be moved up to provide funds needed to aid to hard-hit states like Texas and Louisiana.

The moves buys nearly three months for Washington to try to solve myriad issues, including more funding for defense, immigration, health care, and a longer-term increase in the government's borrowing authority.

The Associated Press reports they approved $7.9 billion in disaster relief Wednesday, Sept. 6 in a 419-3 vote.

The measure does have support from both parties.

The Senate's expected Harvey-debt ceiling measure, if passed, would then go back to the House where it faces a less certain future.

Congress, back from its August vacation, has less than a month to avert a default on the nation's debt and avoid a government shutdown.

Irma already having impact on flights
A small piece of energy is expected to move to the lower Mississippi Valley and direct the storm toward the north. Evacuations begin Wednesday in Monroe County , the Florida Keys, and for special needs people in Miami-Dade.

These numbers, which combined amount to about $15 billion, are just for immediate spending needs after Harvey.

The emergency aid is a small fraction of what the federal government is likely to eventually spend on a recovery effort that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott predicted could cost as much as $150 billion.

Republicans in Congress are livid because they did not want a short term government funding deal.

"We had a very good meeting", Trump said of his conversation earlier in the day with top Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House.

"They ought to be separate bills", said Arlington Rep. Joe Barton, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Tuesday. Ted Cruz, said that he preferred that the two items not be linked together.

The version passed by the House on Wednesday, though, did not contain the debt provision.

"I think it's a awful idea", said House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who conceded that conservatives were getting outmaneuvered. "Anytime you use a tragedy to advance something that should have had a plan without a hurricane happening is not an appropriate approach". "If we resort to just kicking the can down the road on the debt, it only shows that Republicans do not take the problem of our $20 trillion debt seriously". "If the Republican Party can't pass health care, can't pass tax reform, can't be fiscally responsible what are we?"

"We will not leave until this is done", Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said this morning. House Republicans don't want any debt ceiling increase at all tied to Harvey aid.

The Texas delegation is generally united now in approving federal aid for Harvey, but divided in how to package it.

But in 2010, as a member of the House minority, Ryan vocally opposed an increase in the debt ceiling without concessions.

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