Those hopes evaporated quickly, and after the late morning White House meeting, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., reluctantly went along with the deal. A Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting told The Washington Examiner that budget discussions between GOP and Democratic leadership came to a screeching halt when the first daughter dropped by like she's the wacky neighbor on a sitcom.
The president delivered a resounding victory to congressional Democrats Wednesday - and embarrassed stunned Republican leaders - when he agreed on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, provide aid to storm-ravaged Texas and keep the federal government running through December 15.
The White House is seeking a clean debt ceiling bill, meaning an increase in the amount the government can borrow to pay it's debts without spending or structural cuts.
"We had a very good meeting", Trump said of his conversation earlier in the day with top Democratic and Republican leaders at the White House. "That will include the debt ceiling, that will include the CRs, and it will include Harvey".
GOP leaders also hope to use the aid bill to increase the US debt limit to permit the government to borrow freely again to cover its bills. "We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred, very important". That would send the legislation back to the House where very conservative lawmakers are opposed to raising the debt ceiling without concessions on spending.
According to Politico, McConnell who had originally advocated for an 18-month hike in the debt ceiling were forced on the defensive, retreating to advocating for six months. "To play politics with the debt ceiling like Schumer and Pelosi apparently are doing I don't think is a good idea".
In a rebuke to Republican leaders, Trump backed Democrats' plan to support a deal that would fund Hurricane Harvey aid but only raise the debt ceiling for three months.
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Realizing that the approval of the new package of sanctions was inevitable, Putin fired back even before Trump signed the measure. Congressional investigators first asked Cohen for records in May, and lawmakers had expected him to testify in September.
The House on Wednesday approved roughly $8 billion in initial emergency aid for relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, which tore into Texas on August 25.
Just hours before, House Speaker Paul Ryan called a three-month debt limit extension proposed by Democrats "ridiculous" and "unworkable".
Trump also expressed optimism that Congress could forge a deal on undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S.as children.
Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse was one of them, saying in a tweet that "The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad". Failure to increase the debt limit could cause the government to miss payments to bondholders and result in a default on government debt.
With a 419 to 3 vote, the relief marks just the first step in a long recovery process for Louisiana and Texas.
"Democrats got exactly what they wanted, is for a three-month CR and a three -month debt ceiling to come due a few days before Christmas, which gives them the greatest leverage in the world to get exactly what they want later", Meadows said.
The House passed $7.4 billion for a federal disaster-relief fund Wednesday, two days before it's set to run out.