Trump NK 8-29

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President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders agreed to a legislative package that would extend the debt ceiling, prolong government funding to Dec. 15, and provide relief to Hurricane Harvey victims.

In doing so, Trump broke with his own party which preferred a debt ceiling extension into 2018. Sources told Politico that Trump struck the deal during a meeting he had with Congressional leaders on Wednesday.

As in the past, lawmakers feuded over tying the debt ceiling to other pieces of legislation under consideration.

Just before news surfaced of Trump's deal with Democrats, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) condemned Congressional Democrats for seeming to use the debt ceiling as a bargaining chip for reviving protections on immigrants.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) seemed to suggest that he would join debt ceiling legislation with an effective reversal of Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Schumer threatened, if necessary, to tie a new DREAM Act, which would contain DACA-style protections for immigrants, to other pieces of legislation.

It's unclear whether the Senate will approve the House's version of Harvey relief, which passed on Wednesday and according to Politico, contains $7.9 billion in funding.

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