House plans Wednesday vote on Harvey aid

Trump coming to Houston today to tour Harvey aftermath

Trump coming to Houston today to tour Harvey aftermath

"We speak in one voice", said Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas Democrat.

While Republican leaders haven't said how long they plan to extend the debt limit, it was expected that it would be longer than three months.

"I think that's ridiculous and disgraceful that they want to play politics with the debt ceiling at this moment when we have fellow citizens in need to respond to these hurricanes so that we do not strand them", Ryan told reporters.

The Associated Press reports they approved $7.9 billion in disaster relief Wednesday, Sept. 6 in a 419-3 vote.

While Democrats were in agreement about the need for the funding, Rep. Joseph Crowley and Rep. Eliot Engel, both of NY, pointed out that 20 Texas Republicans voted against a relief bill when Superstorm Sandy caused havoc in Northeast states in 2012.

But President Donald Trump's call for Congress to pass a bill to protect the 800,000 members of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which he announced Tuesday that he is terminating, drew mixed reactions, including support from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and a cool response from McConnell.

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Discussions on the prospect of restoring powersharing in Northern Ireland should be over pretty quickly, Arlene Foster has said. She added: "I am not going to be prescriptive but we do not believe that there can be a prolonged set of talks".

The proposal includes roughly $7.5 billion to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency's disaster relief coffers. The House has already drafted a measure and is expected to send it to the Senate this week. If a funding bill is not passed by the end of the month, the federal government would go into a partial shutdown. More relief packages will follow, as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said his state could need as much as $125 billion to help its recovery, which was the amount allocated for Katrina in 2005.

The framework of a plan to deal with the huge number of looming deadlines facing Congress appeared to take shape Wednesday, but Republicans and Democrats still squabbled over the details of the plan. Nevertheless, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Congress needs to raise the debt ceiling by September 29. The House GOP meets next Tuesday morning, and the Senate GOP for weekly lunch Tuesday afternoon, at which point the strategy for Harvey recovery funds and the debt limit will likely be clarified.

Democratic minority leaders Sen. But Republican leadership sources say that the CR might not be done in time and they say they won't hold up Harvey funding to wait for it. Congress needs to pass funding bills, or a CR, by October 1 to keep the government open. Again, in 2013, he tied the two together, offering a short term debt limit increase but insisting that "some progress being made on getting this deficit and debt under control". He and Amash are both members of the House Freedom Caucus, though most of the far-right group's members did vote for the Harvey aid on Wednesday. That puts the onus back on House Republicans, many of whom oppose raising the debt limit.

"I think it's a bad idea", said House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., who conceded that conservatives were getting outmaneuvered.

Republican leaders, according to the source, pushed for an 18-month debt limit hike, then floated six months. Some House conservatives have been critical of tying the two measures to each other and voting on the debt ceiling without corresponding spending cuts.

"I would support that", Cornyn told CNN as he arrived back at the Capitol from Texas, where he has been dealing with hurricane relief and clean-up efforts.

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