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    Debt Ceiling Hike and Harvey Aid Bill Head to Trump’s Desk

    Debt Ceiling Hike and Harvey Aid Bill Head to Trump’s Desk

    He’s expected to sign quickly

    Friday, Congress passed a three-month debt ceiling hike along with a multi-billion dollar package that will provide federal aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The bill also provides aid to those as of yet impacted by monster storm Hurricane Irma.

    From Politico:

    The House cleared a package Friday to provide more than $15 billion in disaster aid for victims of Hurricane Harvey, raise the debt ceiling and fund the government for three months.

    President Donald Trump is expected to swiftly sign the bill, which delivered on the fiscal deal he struck with Democrats earlier this week. The House passed the bill 316-90, a day after the Senate passed it, 80-17.

    Wednesday, Trump sidelined Republicans when met with Democrat leaders to strike a deal, which resulted in the Senate’s passage of the bill Thursday.

    The 90 Congressman who voted against the bill were all Republican. Four of those ‘no’ votes were Texan.

    Republicans had hoped to prolong the debt ceiling battle by 18 months, but this bill only extends the debt ceiling for three months.

    The WaPo has the inside scoop and if their report is accurate, the entire ordeal has the entirety of the Republican caucus rankled:

    Yet even the House Republicans who supported the bill were frustrated that Trump on Wednesday bargained with Democrats for a short-limit debt increase, undercutting GOP congressional leaders and setting up a messy end-of-year negotiation.

    That frustration was taken out Friday morning on Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, who came to Capitol Hill to urge skeptical Republican lawmakers to back the measure.

    To many GOP members, the administration’s messengers were poorly chosen: Mnuchin is a New York financier known for his past as a Democratic fundraiser. Mulvaney is a former House conservative who spent much of his legislative career browbeating GOP leaders over the national debt and budget deficits.

    “There were probably a lot of members in there in disbelief,” said Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.). “I do know that there is a lot of frustration with the deal that was cut by the president, and I think it’s a very difficult pill for many in there to swallow.”

    At several points, according to several members and aides, comments from Mnuchin and Mulvaney were met with groans, boos and hisses.

    Mnuchin, in particular, drew jeers after rooting his final plea in personality rather than policy, then leaving the meeting early by explaining that he had other pressing matters to attend to.

    “His last words, and I quote, was, ‘Vote for the debt ceiling for me,’” said Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), who leads a group of conservative members. “That did not go over well in the room at all. . . . His performance was in­cred­ibly poor.”

    Mnuchin’s closing went so poorly, Walker said, that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) had to remind members afterward that hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims were counting on their votes.

    Speaker Ryan spun the deal as Congress’ ability to act quickly:

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    I have no problem with kicking the debt ceiling issue 3 months down the road in order to get Harvey relief and later to get the Irma relief dollars.

    There is enough to get done before the end of September – budget, tax reform, nominations. If this concerns the Rs that much, they can always work on the debt ceiling in September, why wait until late December to cave in again.

    tom swift | September 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    a short-limit debt increase, undercutting GOP congressional leaders and setting up a messy end-of-year negotiation.

    Well, boo-hoo. So Congress gets to sit around in its own filth on a short schedule rather than its preferred long one. Yeah, cry me a river.

    Despite the rote grandstanding, there was no chance at all that Congress wouldn’t extend the debt ceiling. None.

    The whole debt-ceiling-there-solely-to-be-ignored charade is no way to run a national economy, and for the long-term survival of the dollar it’s imperative that this wretched overspending habit be reined in … but that’s not going to happen in the next few weeks or months. But the bills come due long before that. Ergo, the ceiling is going to be raised … end of story.

    There is also no chance that Texas and now Florida are going to be left in the lurch. Assisting parts of the country which have suffered unusual damage due to transient disasters is one of the few functions of the federal government which are unquestionably legitimate. So the feds are making resources available … and properly so.

    The only question is just how larded up with irrelevant pork the assistance is. And if it’s left up to Congress to screw around with it for a few weeks, we can be pretty sure that it will be buried under so much expensive pork that it won’t even be recognizable as an aid bill. So speed is of the essence. And if the way to get speed is to keep the deadhead Republicans as far from the negotiations as possible, well then, so be it.

    Unless there’s a hidden hand grenade somewhere which nobody’s yet talking about, this bill is not a loser for Trump. And if the Republicans are a bit miffed, that’s not a loser either.

    buckeyeminuteman | September 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

    My prediction: a continuing resolution (which really screws up our military budget) is passed on 30 Sept because the GOP can’t get their heads out of their butts and do their jobs. The CR is set to expire the same time this 3 month debt ceiling thing expires. Then once again we get a giant Cromnibus bill that funds Obamacare, PP, and raises debt ceiling again. Tax reform and funding for the wall will be nowhere to be found.

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