Trump agrees to Democrat deal on spending and Harvey aid

Trump agrees to Democrat deal on spending and Harvey aid

"I'm glad that some Republicans in Congress have voiced their opposition to the President's decision, because we're going to need them to right the ship", Schumer said.

Mr Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One he had a "very good meeting" with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

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

"We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred - very important - always we'll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it", the president said. If not, the government would be unable to borrow more money or pay its bills, including its debt payments. He accused the Democratic leaders of "playing politics" and jeopardizing the federal response to Harvey by calling for a short-term debt limit hike.

"We essentially came to a deal, and I think the deal will be very good", Trump said.

Those include Harvey disaster relief, raising the debt ceiling by early October to prevent an unprecedented default on US government debt, and passing legislation for federal spending in the fiscal year that begins on Oct. 1 to avoid a government shutdown.

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.

Trump's deal with Democrats came after a tumultuous August, when Trump attacked Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell repeatedly, and several of rank-and-file members.

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As a result of losing the White House and control of both houses of Congress, Democrats have begun the process of rebranding or reinventing themselves for the 2018 election cycle.

Pelosi and Schumer had advocated for a short-term rise in the debt ceiling, a move that would allow the US government to continue to borrow money. House Republican hardliners, who welcomed a looming budget crisis, didn't want any debt measures in the bill at all.

Meanwhile, the House Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a $7.85 billion aid package for Hurricane Harvey victims with broad bipartisan support.

Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who has been critical of Trump at times, expressed his disappointed with the deal in a succinct statement following the announcement.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin had also reportedly urged Mr Trump to pursue a longer-term debt-limit deal but has insisted that raising the borrowing limit was imperative in order to quickly send aid to Texas. The measure, passed 419-3, is created to provide relief to tens of thousands of homeowners from flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and other parts of the Gulf Coast. The bill also would authorize $450 million specifically for direct loans to help small businesses get back on their feet.

Some conservative groups, such as Heritage Action, support this disaster aid without spending offsets.

But Trump's agreement with the Democrats-whose votes are vitally needed because many Republicans will refuse to raise the debt ceiling without spending cuts-marks a remarkable milestone in the Trump presidency.

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