Sep 10, 2017
Trump’s Debt Limit Deal
Congress gave our President Trump three choices: he chose the best one for the country.
Both the Republicans and the Democrats in Congress chose to tie hurricane relief funding to the debt limit deadline — clearly demonstrating how neither has the country’s best interests at heart. Apparently McConnell, Ryan, Pelosi, and Schumer (both parties) all think it’s a good idea to use the suffering of Americans to further their party agendas.
When the GOP wanted to push the debt limit deal beyond the mid-term elections (1st offer was for 18 months), Trump appropriately said “NO.” The GOP then offered (2nd offer) a 6-month extension, and the Democrats cleverly used the opening to offer up (3rd choice) a 3-month extension (involving very little “pain” on their part) which also puts them in a more favorable position on the issue moving forward. Democrats just used the opening the feckless Republicans left for them; neither party is acting in a stellar fashion when it comes to Americans who are suffering after natural disasters.
Our President Trump, the deal maker, knows exactly how difficult it’s been for the majority-GOP Congress to pass ANYTHING, and he knew he had only three choices here. Our independent President (beholden to neither party?) chose the one offer least damaging to the country: the 3-month deal. President Trump knows the country NEEDS the storm relief funds, especially now with two Cat-4 hurricanes affecting the southern states. And, his short-term deal puts the issue squarely back where it belongs: in the hands of Congress — basically forcing them to act.
Congress – the leadership of both parties — are the ones to blame here. Badly needed hurricane relief funding should
SHAME on Congress for playing politics with the terrible personal tragedies playing out in Texas and Florida!!