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Is tying Harvey disaster relief to the debt ceiling opportunistic?

Is tying Harvey disaster relief to the debt ceiling opportunistic?

The House is set Wednesday to pass $7.4 billion for a federal disaster-relief fund two days before it's set to run out as Hurricane Irma bears down on Florida and bills mount for a storm that flooded tens of thousands of houses in Texas. He said Tuesday that he told House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy "almost every Democrat, if not every Democrat, would support it and I expect it to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support".

Republicans in the House introduced a bill Sunday that would provide $7.85 billion for initial efforts to address recovery from Harvey, which matches the White House's request. Tying the controversial debt limit bill to the Harvey relief package could make it easier to swallow for some lawmakers and further ensure its passage.

Still, relatively few of the 25 House Texas Republicans are seen as likely to vote against a bill that includes Harvey aid, helping boost overall GOP support for the bill. Some analysts had hoped the tremendous damage from one of the most expensive natural disasters in USA history would give Republicans leaders the necessary impetus to raise the debt ceiling. "If it does (pass the Senate), yes".

Congress had faced an end-of-month deadline to raise the debt ceiling, but escalating costs associated with Harvey could theoretically more quickly lead to the expiration of the Treasury Department's "extraordinary measures", which have put off the need to raise the borrowing limit for the time being. Because the government spends more money than it takes in, it must borrow to make up the difference.

"I think at this point there are bigger issues that we have to focus on", Meadows said. According to her, tying the two is "opportunistic" and allows USA lawmakers to avoid having a hard conversation on cutting spending. Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House Freedom Caucus, already came out against combining the two elements. Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the RSC's chairman, called the prospect "a little unsettling and even more frustrating" in a Fox News Channel interview Tuesday. "Why would you do that under a Republican president?"

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"They are my immediate priorities as well", Mr. McConnell said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

"I'm not surprised that the White House is trying to use the Harvey relief package to get a debt ceiling increase through", said Romina Boccia, deputy director for economic policy at the Heritage Foundation.

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

While his vocal support suggests the idea could get broad support from Republicans, Cornyn, who is the GOP whip, said he had not had time to gauge all his colleagues - though he added he "believe (s) that's the plan".

The announcement by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of NY is aimed at retaining Democratic influence and trying to ensure the Republican-controlled Congress addresses health care and immigration as the hectic fall agenda kicked off.