House Democrats hand Trump first Major Legislative Victory as President
Candidate Donald J. Trump campaigned for U.S. president with the promise that Americans will win, win, win so much that they will get tired of winning.
“We’re going to win so much. You’re going to get tired of winning. you’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don’t win so much. This is getting terrible.’ And I’m going to say, ‘No, we have to make America great again.’ You’re gonna say, ‘Please.’ I said, ‘Nope, nope. We’re gonna keep winning,’” candidate Trump told Americans during the campaign.
Since becoming president however, Trump has found the road to legislative victories paved with difficulties and failures, until this morning.
With the help of Democrats, Trump notched his first major legislative victory when the House joined the U.S. Senate to pass a measure to raise the debt limit, provide hurricane relief and avoid government shutdown. The measure is now headed to President Trump’s desk for his signature.
The House voted 316-90 to pass the short-term measure to avoid government shutdown and temporarily raise the debt limit until December.
With their votes, Democrats helped ratify an agreement Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) struck with President Trump in the Oval Office this week.
All the votes in opposition came from the president’s own Republican Party.
Earlier in the week, House Republicans voted overwhelmingly to approve a standalone bill that provides assistance to victims of Hurricane Harvey but rank and file House Republicans balked at the final bill this morning once the three-month extension of the debt ceiling was added with no spending reforms as they earlier requested.
During an Oval Office meeting this week with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Trump rejected numerous GOP proposals and sided with Democrats on the short-term extension.
In return, Ms. Pelosi delivered on her promise to get the legislation passed through the House.
Under this package, the federal government will run out of funding on December 8, setting up an epic fight to avoid default just before the legislators are set to go on end-of-year holidays.
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Although the package includes $7.4 billion for hurricane relief, $7.4 billion in funds for Community Development Block Grants and $450 million for the Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan program, many Texas Republicans voted against the measure.
Despite the measure benefiting their state, Texas Reps. Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Sam Johnson and Mac Thornberry voted against the bill as did members of the House Freedom Caucus including Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Dave Brat (Va.), Scott Perry (Pa.) and Mark Sanford (S.C.).
“Republicans campaigned on changing the status quo, and Americans elected us based on that message,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.) said in a statement.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said that with Hurricane Irma set to make landfall in Florida this weekend, Congress needed to act quickly to ensure FEMA does not run out needed funds.
“People on their smartphones are quickly applying for their FEMA relief, and those applications are being approved, and that money is going out the door at such a faster pace than we’ve ever experienced before, to the point where [the Office of Management and Budget] is telling us FEMA could run out of money as early as [Friday], and no later than Tuesday,” Ryan said at a news conference earlier this week.
Before the legislative victory this morning, Trump has failed to get major bills through the U.S. House and Senate.
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