Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Trump Signs Government Funding, Debt Ceiling Deal

Drew Thies

President Trump signed a deal that funds the federal government and raises the debt ceiling late last week. The package extends government funding and the borrowing limit to December 8th.

The deal also includes disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, funds flood insurance and aviation programs, and avoids a government shutdown, nearly clearing the deck for must-pass items this month.

Trump surprised many when he announced the deal after meeting with leadership from both parties in the Oval Office last Wednesday. The move went against the wishes of Congressional Republican leadership, who wanted to tie the debt ceiling to reductions in government funding. The legislation advances quickly though both chambers, but relied on help from Democrats to make it to the president’s desk. 90 House Republicans voted against the package.

Lawmakers still must address some key health care items this month. Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) runs out at the end of September. Additionally, the parliamentary window for Republicans to pass health care reform with only a simple majority in the Senate concludes at the end of the fiscal year, September 30th.

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