Trump Strikes Deal With Democrats

UPDATE 1:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump agreed to a request from congressional Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and extend government funding through Dec. 15, according to sources familiar with a meeting he held Wednesday with congressional leaders. The package would also include relief funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Congressional Democrats are turning the screws on the president and GOP leaders, who need Democratic votes to raise the debt limit and avert a default.

Democratic leaders said Wednesday they’ll offer Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump their votes for a package delivering aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey and raising the debt ceiling only until mid-December. GOP leaders, eager to avoid multiple contentious votes on the debt ceiling, want to raise the debt ceiling through late 2018.

The offer for a short-term debt limit increase, outlined in a joint statement by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, threatens to upend plans to tie the debt ceiling increase with a disaster relief package.


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