House Speaker Blocks Raising Federal Debt Ceiling To Providing Harvey Relief

Emmett Rice
September 7, 2017

Ted Cruz, R-Texas, want to see the disaster aid approved without the debt limit attached. "We need to help those who need help". Trump will delay the end of the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, for six months to give Congress the ability pass legislation to codify the protections President Barack Obama created.

If the upper chamber approves an amended version-the bill would have to be approved by the House before it is sent to the president's desk. "Our first priority is to make sure that the state gets money". Again, in 2013, he tied the two together, offering a short term debt limit increase but insisting that "some progress being made on getting this deficit and debt under control".

Rep. Mark Walker, chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, called it a "backroom deal" between Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

"I think at this point there are bigger issues that we have to focus on", Meadows said.

Democratic leaders said they would support tying the debt increase to Harvey aid, but only if the debt increase lasts just three months - which would put Congress right back in another crisis at the end of this year.

"When it comes to raising the debt ceiling, it's my hope as a conservative that that would be packaged with significant spending reforms and other reforms that would address a $20 trillion national debt", said Jim Banks, an Indiana Republican. "I think it's a tactical move that this is the best way to do a debt-ceiling increase, and obviously it will work".

The roughly 40 Freedom Caucus members would not necessarily have the power to block the legislation.

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If the debt limit is not increased, Mnuchin might have to make decisions about which payments to prioritize and which to hold off paying.

"This takes 60 votes in the Senate", Ryan said.

"I understand the reality and I'm not going to be intractable on recognizing leadership's realities", Franks said of this month's urgent bills. "The debt ceiling's a different breed of cat".

Ryan called the Democrat's proposal "unworkable". But White House officials and GOP leaders in Congress have pressed for a quick resolution to the debt-limit issue to remove the threat of a federal government default in the midst of an annual spending cycle - compounded by the need to provide relief to the victims of Harvey and possibly Irma, a major hurricane approaching the Florida coast.

Democrats generally view the debt limit as a chance to get leverage in upcoming budget and spending battles.

"I think that's a ridiculous idea", Ryan told reporters when asked about the proposal floated earlier on Wednesday by Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

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