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House Passes Disaster Aid Package with Debt Ceiling Increase

The Senate voted 80-17 to approve the deal Trump reached with Democrats on Wednesday, which would raise the federal debt limit and fund the government through December 8. Yet an hour later, Trump overruled his strong objections to side with the Democrats.

The House voted 316-90 for the measure that would refill depleted emergency accounts as Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Irma and Texas picks up the pieces after the devastation of the Harvey storm.

"You can't just keep borrowing money". "We're not going to let the government default".

The aid measure is just the first installment in government spending that could rival or exceed the $110 billion federal response after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, though future aid packages may be more hard to pass. During the hourlong meeting, Republicans expressed disbelief that President Trump chose to align with congressional Democratic leaders over House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on a short-term "clean" increase in the nation's debt limit and voiced frustration that they were given no assurances that it won't happen again.

"One of the questions was, 'What does the debt ceiling look like in December?' and he could not answer that question", said Walker. However, the meeting with Mulvaney and Mnuchin may have inadvertently rallied Republicans to vote "yes" as a show of support for the speaker but not for the president.

"It's kind of like 'Where am I?" "If it wasn't so serious it kind of would have been amusing".

Mulvaney, who was a prominent fiscal hawk when he served in Congress, said he could not make that commitment. He defended the deal and Trump.

"It could be discussed", Trump told reporters during a Cabinet meeting.

Particularly galling for Meadows and the others in the Freedom Caucus, is a sense that Democrats got the best of the deal.

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska was succinct in a tweet that used fewer than a third of the 140 characters allowed in that format, simply calling the deal "bad". Schumer and Rep. Pelosi to increase the debt limit for three months, rather than the long-term approach preferred by the GOP leaders that would have resolved the issue through next year's midterms.

Conservatives disliked both options.

"The comments from the treasury secretary today were not helpful", said Representative Dave Brat of Virginia.

The president's rebuff on the debt came just days after Trump ignored Ryan's pleas not to end the program to aid immigrants brought to the country as children and living here illegally.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., spoke in defense of the speaker, chastising Mulvaney and Mnuchin. "I think he felt this was the best deal he could get".

Speaking to Bloomberg TV, which sponsored the breakfast, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina said he was surprised by the news, adding with more than a little understatement, "It's not something that any of us advocated for". The two of you in the room.

"Lack of preparation leads to poor choices, and the fact that. we weren't here for six weeks, the longest non-election we've had in a decade, that's a problem", GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of OH said, referring to the congressional August recess, according to HuffPost.



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