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Republicans stew over Trump deal with Democrats on Hurricane Harvey aid bill

Republicans stew over Trump deal with Democrats on Hurricane Harvey aid bill”

WASHINGTON - Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate upped the Hurricane relief package to $15.25 billion Thursday, nearly doubling the $7.85 billion in aid approve a day earlier by the House.

"It's unfortunate, they ought to be separate votes", said Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who predicted he would not be the only Texan on Friday to oppose the Harvey aid bill in the House, all because of the deal that President Trump struck with Democrats, and forced on GOP leaders.

"We have a bad habit around here of kicking the can down the road, like we just did", said Republican Sen.

As it became clear Mr. McConnell couldn't summon enough Republican votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Senate majority leader stopped responding to the president's chitchat, the people familiar said. James Lankford (R-OK).

The package now heads to the House, which is expected to vote on it Friday.

"It is unfortunate that congressional leadership and the administration chose to tie Harvey relief to short-term extensions (of government funding) and the debt ceiling", Cruz said.

The plan, however, drew pushback form some more conservative Republican members who believe that the debt ceiling should be offset with spending cuts to manage the growth of debt.

"Democrats are prepared to offer our votes for the Harvey aid package, and a short term debt limit increase of three months", the leaders' statement said. Then the Senate would attach a debt ceiling increase or suspension.

"Why don't we pay for this?"

If a federal aid package isn't approved soon, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA could run out of money as soon as this month.



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