Pelosi, Schumer offer votes for debt increase - under strict conditions

Pelosi, Schumer offer votes for debt increase - under strict conditions

Pelosi, Schumer offer votes for debt increase - under strict conditions

According to one congressional source briefed on the meeting, some Republican leaders were "visibly annoyed" during Ivanka Trump's appearance at the meeting, a description Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong said was untrue.

Republicans have always been anxious that Trump, who at times was a registered Democrat, would look to cut deals with the opposition party to secure victories - which he has had trouble achieving even with a Republican-led Congress.

"Both sides have every intention of avoiding default in December and look forward to working together on the many issues before us", top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer and top House of Representatives Democrat Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

"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 SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRSC Chairman: Harvey aid could be jeopardized if linked with debt ceiling Dems prep for major fight over Trump USDA science pick Ex-Medicare chief promotes ObamaCare enrollment on Twitter after Trump cuts outreach funding MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement.

Congress failed to meet the March 16 statutory deadline to raise the debt ceiling and since that time the Treasury Department has taken emergency measures to prevent the government from defaulting on its obligations.

The three-month debt ceiling increase became an immediate point of contention with Republicans, who may want to raise the debt ceiling for longer since a short-term raise would give Democrats another chance for leverage later this year.

Congress must lift the debt ceiling and pass government funding by the end of September. Just three "no" votes were cast in the House while 419 members voted in favor of the package.

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

Trump not only undercut Republican congressional leaders but also his own advisers-including Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, who had also advocated for passing a debt limit hike that would allow Congress to avoid another one of these showdowns before the 2018 elections.

Conservative Republicans, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, are opposed entirely to linking a hurricane relief package to a debt limit bill. Ryan also said any immigration legislation the House would consider would have to have the support of Trump. "And they want to play politics with the debt ceiling?" "Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi to do a three month C.R. and a debt ceiling into December", McConnell said.

"I think that's a ridiculous idea", the Wisconsin Republican said about the idea proposed by Democratic leaders, adding that a short-term debt limit increase would not benefit people in Texas and Louisiana who have to deal with the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.

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

The House on Wednesday easily approved almost $8 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief funding.

The House passed $7.4 billion for a federal disaster-relief fund Wednesday, two days before it's set to run out.

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