Democrats Just Showed Republicans How To Govern, And GOP Leaders Are Mad
The House on Friday approved a short-term measure to avoid a government shutdown and raise the debt limit into December a majority Democratic vote, ratifying a deal President Trump struck with Democrats.
According to The Hill, lawmakers voted 316-90 for the package that includes more than $15 billion in disaster recovery aid for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Several House Republicans voted for the bill, something that had been uncertain, but more of the yes votes came from Democrats.
Ninety lawmakers voted against the bill, all of them Republicans.
GOP leaders were reportedly fuming after the vote. During a meeting in the Oval Office this week, Trump rejected a proposal from Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his own Treasury Secretary, Steven Mnuchin, to extend the debt limit for 18 months so that lawmakers wouldn’t have to deal with the thorny issue again until after the 2018 midterm elections.
Democrats, who sought to maximize their leverage knowing GOP leaders would likely need their votes to avoid a default, insisted on a three-month extension. Despite protestations from GOP leaders, Trump went with the offer from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
The Republican Study Committee, the largest GOP caucus in the House with more than 150 members, opposed the deal.
“Republicans campaigned on changing the status quo, and Americans elected us based on that message,” RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said in a statement.