Prominent conservatives expressed their frustrations after President Donald Trump unexpectedly brokered an agreement with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that would avert a fall government shutdown. The deal would fund the government and lift the debt ceiling through mid-December as part of a relief package for Hurricane Harvey victims.
Senator Schumer (D-NY) had earlier announced the news in a tweet.
The nation can breathe a sigh of relief. We've agreed to help those recovering from Hurricane Harvey, avoid default, & avoid a shutdown.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) September 6, 2017
But Republicans who had urged the president to hold out for a different deal fumed that Democrats now hold the bargaining chips––and that they’ll be able to control the debate over taxes, spending, and immigration when the debt ceiling must be raised again at the end of the year.
“It’s just a betrayal of everything we’ve been talking about for years as Republicans,” said former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). “What the president’s going to find is … if they bet on Democratic votes they better plan on [giving up] a lot more than they think they’re going to.”
Yesterday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan called the deal “disgraceful.” White House officials had earlier told Ryan and his leadership team that Trump would publicly endorse their plan to pair a Harvey emergency funding bill with an 18-month debt ceiling hike and six-month extension. Then: Trump went rogue.
House Dem aide on this news: "This is why we didn't get rid of Pelosi. Went into their stadium and kicked their asses up and down the field" https://t.co/44ZDiogaIA
— Jeff Stein (@JStein_Vox) September 6, 2017
A House Republican lawmaker allied with Ryan who spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity said the deal does not “help our leadership to try to hold us Republicans together on anything when they know the president will chop them off at the knees. “Trump has got to start caring more about his colleagues over here.”
Reports indicate that House Republicans are preparing to launch an offensive with the Republican leadership and that they have a new ally on their side: former top White House adviser Stephen Bannon, who was ousted as the president’s top strategist and soon after returned to his former position as chairman of his far-right publication Breitbart.
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