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Trump & Democrats Agree to Add Debt Limit, Gov’t Funding to Hurricane Harvey Aid

by Countable | 9.6.17

The House approved $7.85 billion in disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey on Wednesday, sending the legislation to the Senate where an amendment funding the government and raising the debt limit through December 15 is expected to be added following a deal between President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress.

Following a meeting with Trump, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said at a press conference that the administration agreed to combine the Harvey funding with a 3 month debt limit hike and a continuing resolution to fund the government. Republican leaders in Congress unsuccessfully lobbied for a lengthier 18 month debt limit hike, then for a 6 month extension when their first proposal was dismissed. Conservative lawmakers have argued that the debt limit and short-term government funding should be considered separately from Hurricane Harvey legislation.

The federal government is currently facing a shutdown on October 1 if funding isn’t approved, and the debt limit could be reached in the next few weeks — in particular because of greater than expected disaster spending. If the Senate adds the debt limit and continuing resolution to the Harvey funding bill and it passes, the legislation will have to go back to the House for another vote before it heads to President Trump’s desk.

Don’t forget to tell your reps what you think of adding the debt limit and a continuing resolution to fund the government to disaster relief for Hurricane Harvey using the Take Action button.

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  • Nan
    09/06/2017
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    1. Raise the debt ceiling and fund the government until Dec. 15. 2. Get rid of government subsidies on fossil fuels, GE and other corporations- that will bring in revenue. 3. Single payer universal health care will save the government billions of dollars. Put Medical exploiters- health insurances and big pharma - in their place. 4. Review exemption for religious institutions. If they have been involved in political activity- they lose their exempt status and PAY taxes. Separation of church and state--remember that! 5. Say NO to the stupid wall! 6. Public funds for public schools!

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  • Nan
    09/06/2017
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    Don't get too excited, Trump will probably try to hold emergency relief and debt ceiling hostage over his stupid expensive inadequate wall. Not funding the government is disastrous. I want to know when we will cut all the corporate subsidies? Cut the fossil fuels subsidies and General Electric- both have made record profits for years and paid little in taxes. Build infrastructure- put people to work- they will pay tax. Build public transportation!

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  • Dave
    09/07/2017
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    Would not need to raise the debt ceiling if we had not given $800 billion tax cut to the 1% in 2002-4, which help cause the debt. If you want to get rid of the USA debt, you charge one cent per electronic stock exchange transaction, as well!

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  • BeStrong
    09/06/2017
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    Excellent!!! And folks...this is not Mr Trump reaching across the isle...it's was his smack down to McConnel and Ryan. Lets keep the crazy train running👍

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  • Jesse
    09/06/2017
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    Yes good when both parties work together

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  • Patty
    09/06/2017
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    While I would normally object to attaching any legislation to a natural disaster relief bill, both the aid and raising the debt ceiling need to be addressed quickly. It is the expedient thing to do

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  • C
    09/06/2017
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    Please support Harvey relief and raising the debt limit

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  • Azrael
    09/06/2017
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    Guess he needed new friends

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  • Leon
    09/06/2017
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    I'm for reasonable aid but not for raising the debt limit. We didn't get into this position by being frugal with our funds or spending appropriately - those of you for it will cry about it later affecting your kids in taxes and opportunity. Our government needs to prioritize which means that some things will not happen, just like when you budget at home.

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  • Kathryn
    09/06/2017
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    Wow! I am floored. I agree with Trump on this.

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  • deanneg
    09/06/2017
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    Good job squad.

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  • Harry
    09/07/2017
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    I had to read though some of the comments to understand what this means , my first thought was Raise the debt ceiling and fund the government so it doesn't shut down but i wanted to make sure i understood it right ...I'm always for whatever is for the greater good and this will be for the Greater good .. sorry about two post but couldn't fined a edit button

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  • Yo
    09/06/2017
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    👍

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  • Jeanne
    09/06/2017
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    Avoids what would be a devastating government shut-down, while we're in the midst of devastating hurricanes, flooding, and wild fires. Possibly gives minority democrats a bit more leverage later down the line, but more importantly the opportunity to find middle ground with republicans. With all that's going on at home and globally, we need a functioning and effective Congress.

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  • Michael777
    09/07/2017
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    For everyone who does not know already, this is a victory for the Democrats and a defeat for Republicans. I honestly wonder how Trump-supporting conservatives are reacting to this! Their so-called great "fiscally conservative" President just bent the knee to the Democrats, and Democrats are dancing in joy. Haha!

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  • Marc
    09/07/2017
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    This is really a no brainer to ensure congress can move on to harder issues

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  • Martha
    09/10/2017
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    I second Nan's comments-all six items express my views to a T.

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  • Steven
    09/07/2017
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    A balanced budget that could handle events like this without borrowing would be great. Quit spending the future cut entitlements and balance the budget pay down debt.

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  • Ron
    09/07/2017
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    This is appropriate action at this critical time. Republicans will find something to disagree about until time runs out.

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  • Susan
    09/07/2017
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    Do not attach debt ceiling legislation that hurricane relief. Each issue should be considered separately, so we know how our reps voted on each separAte issue and reps are not obligated to vote for actions they oppose to get money on issues theft support.

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