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Sen. Chuck Schumer makes Trump an offer he can't refuse

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Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer of New York—Photo by Joseph Earnest


by Joseph Earnest September 7, 2017


Newscast Media WASHINGTONThe U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved roughly $8 billion in initial emergency aid for relief and rebuilding after Hurricane Harvey, which tore into Texas on Aug. 25.

The House-passed measure, which provides $7.4 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and $450 million for the Small Business Administration, will now go to the Senate. Barring unexpected setbacks, the aid measure is expected to be sent to the White House by the end of the week.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Wednesday that Democrats would vote for a Harvey aid package and a short-term debt limit measure of three months given "Republican difficulty in finding votes for their plan."

Talking to reporters on Air Force One on his way to a tax reform speech in North Dakota, Trump said the deal "will be very good."

"We had a very good meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. We agreed to a three-month extension on debt ceiling, which they consider to be sacred — very important — always we'll agree on debt ceiling automatically because of the importance of it," he said, according to a White House transcript.

Conservative Republicans oppose tying Harvey aid to a debt ceiling measure, but Democratic leaders have said they would support linking the aid to a shorter-term debt ceiling increase.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell later said he would not oppose the package set forth by the Democrats.  Add Comments>>


 Source: Daily Star














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