Today, hours after Republicans rejected the Democrat plan for a four month debt ceiling as “ridiculous,” and “irresponsible,” president Trump struck a deal with Democrats to do just that. Axios called it “the deal of a century,” with a Republican president bucking his own party to accept a deal with the opposition, to his own party’s surprise. The reported deal included an agreement to work together with Dems on immigration reform as it affects DACA applicants, the program designed to provide the children of undocumented immigrants a legal remedy if they meet certain qualifications.
The overall deal combines the debt ceiling, hurricane funding and budget resolution bills to keep the government running beyond this month.
Immediately, Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, declared, “The Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad.” The concern is that rather than solving the debt ceiling battle for another 18 months, the deal creates another unnecessary crisis at the end of the year. Some saw this as a Democrat play to roll Trump into a deal, knowing he’s desperate for a legislative victory. Even members of his cabinet disagreed with the short-term stop gap, feeling that a long-term measure would give more stability, and avoid another partisan fight during the holidays.
Debt ceiling battles are always contentious, with both parties attempting to use the must-pass legislation to attach wish list items, creating a fierce political battle in the days surrounding the deadline.
As usual, there’s a past tweet of the president’s that reflects an alternate view in the past:
Its unclear what changed his mind.
HELPING MODERATE DEMOCRATS
Following his September Surprise, the president got on a plane with Democrat Senator Heidi Heitkamp to speak in North Dakota. Heitkamp is trailing some potential GOP challengers in the senate next year, and this visit will no doubt serve to bolster her chances of holding onto her seat in a red state.
He went further than a plane ride, and verbalized praise for the vulnerable senator today, while discussing his tax reform efforts. “Sen. Heitkamp. Everyone’s saying, ‘What’s she doing up here?’ But I’ll tell you what — good woman, and I think we’ll have your support, I hope we’ll have your support. Thank you very much, senator.”
Trump won North Dakota by a 40 point margin last November.
Regarding the overall agreement, the president also expressed good feelings about reaching the deal on making DACA law in the next six months, after meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). “Chuck and Nancy would like to see something happen, and so do I,” Trump said.
Maybe this is what trump acolytes intended when they said they wanted to “shake up Washington” and shut down liberals. Now, Trump is working actively to bolster moderate and Democrat Senators. That Obamacare repeal is looking more likely than ever. /sarc
At least one Trump supporter was miffed, however: