President Trump's Surprising Deal with the Democrats

September 07, 2017Sep 07, 2017

On Wednesday—to the shock of Republicans in Congress—President Trump struck a deal with Democratic congressional leaders, reports the New York Times. He reached directly across the political aisle, bypassing his own party, and upped the debt limit to finance the government until mid-December.  

Just hours before the deal was made, Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, called the Democrat's proposed plan "ridiculous and disgraceful." He also said he thought the plan could jeopardize the hurricane response needed to deal with the disastrous results of Harvey.  

"To play politics with the debt ceiling, like Schumer and Pelosi apparently are doing, I don’t think is a good idea,” Ryan added. 

The plan, proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, extends the deal for only three months. Republicans opposed to the short term extension because of the way it would impact the economy. The New York Times explained that a short-term plan would give the Democrats more leverage at the end of the year. 

"Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi pressed for a three-month deal to keep the government running and raise the debt ceiling along with the hurricane aid to give Democrats leverage later this year when other matters, including a longer-term government funding deal, could be negotiated between the two parties. By ensuring that all the pending issues converge at the end of the year, Democrats hope a longer-term agreement on fiscal matters could include immigration, health care and any number of other issues," wrote the Times. 

“I personally believe, for the credit markets’ sake, we should have longer extensions of these,” Ryan told the New York Times. 

However, Ryan also understands why President Trump chose to take the deal with the Democrats. He cites the hurricanes as the reason why the country needed a bipartisan move. 

“What the president didn’t want to do is have some partisan fight in the middle of the response to this,” said Ryan. “He wanted to make sure we had a bipartisan moment.”

Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader,  agrees with Ryan. In an interview, McConnell also attributed the shift to the natural disasters hitting the United States. 

“Look, the president can speak for himself, but his feeling was that we needed to come together to not create a picture of divisiveness at a time of genuine national crisis, and that was the rationale,” he said. 

Other Republicans weren't as cordial about the President's decision. 

“The question of politics is, a deal to what end?” said Representative Mark Sanford, Republican of South Carolina. “I think all of us as taxpayers need to be very skeptical of deals for the sake of deals.”

Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee,  echoed Sanford's feelings: “I’m still processing this, but my first instinct is I’m not very happy about it,” he said.

What do you think about the debt ceiling deal? Do you think President Trump should have bypassed his own party? President Trump also seemed to have a controversial response to DACA. What he wants to do with it might not make some conservatives happy. 

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