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Darling: Attach Cut, Cap, and Balance to Debt Limit Hike

07 September 2017

Under this plan, the House would pass the almost $8 billion Harvey relief bill on Wednesday.

Lawmakers are feeling the pressure to provide extra funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Democrats are offering to support the Senate bill as long as the debt ceiling increase is only for three months.

The Trump administration originally had asked Congress to raise the debt limit by September 29 to keep the federal government from defaulting on its bills. House Republicans don't want any debt ceiling increase at all tied to Harvey aid. Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, both of whom are hawkish on reining in federal debt - declined to weigh in on combining the measure with Harvey funds until the heard from McConnell.

The Trump White House warned that in order to ensure that Texas receives the necessary funds, the Congress needs to tackle one more thing: the US debt limit.

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Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday that if Congress appropriates the money, there must be enough available to cover the Harvey aid.

But even as Democrats' call for a short-term debt limit hike angered Ryan, the plan to have the GOP-controlled Senate vote to increase the debt ceiling has some conservatives agitated as well.

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The Senate's expected Harvey-debt ceiling measure, if passed, would then go back to the House where it faces a less certain future.

"These are the president's immediate priorities: Pass disaster relief". Ryan said in a statement: "It is my hope that the House and the Senate, with the president's leadership, will be able to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution".

Despite the opposition of Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan, Donald Trump caved to Democrats and gave them the package and structure that they wanted on Harvey relief, the debt ceiling, and the continuing resolution.

The House's two big, fiscally conservative groups - the House Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee - have already expressed reservations about a combo vote.

Some conservative GOP lawmakers in the House have suggested spending cuts elsewhere to offset the new outlay of money to FEMA.

Politics has gotten to the point that I literally don't understand it anymore.

The bill, the first of several installments in hurricane aid that Congress will consider, is expected to pass overwhelmingly in the House. His Senate counterpart, Dick Durbin, said he was "open to it" but that it depended on the length of the debt limit increase. "If the Republican Party can't pass health care, can't pass tax reform, can't be fiscally responsible what are we?"

If a debt limit provision isn't added to the Harvey bill, GOP leader could add it to the stopgap spending bill, which is also likely to contain necessary extensions for other expiring programs like federal flood insurance and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Darling: Attach Cut, Cap, and Balance to Debt Limit Hike