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Trump strikes 'deal' with Dems on Harvey aid and debt limit, over Ryan’s objections

Trump strikes 'deal' with Dems on Harvey aid and debt limit, over Ryan’s objections | 06 Sept 2017 | President Trump struck a deal Wednesday with Democratic leaders to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the government for the next three months while also providing Hurricane Harvey relief money -- hours after House Speaker [swamp rat] Paul Ryan blasted such a plan as "unworkable" and "disgraceful." The president, meeting with congressional leaders from both parties, effectively brushed off calls from GOP leaders for a longer-term plan. Those lawmakers had pushed first for an 18-month debt-limit hike and then floated a six-month plan, Fox News is told -- but Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., held firm on calls for a three-month deal. Trump agreed. The House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved an initial $8 billion in funding for Harvey relief, on a 419-3 vote.