13 September, 2017
"Vote for it for me", Mnuchin, a lifelong Democrat, told Republicans in the meeting, sources in the room said. But their phone calls have tapered off of late and Trump has expressed his frustration with GOP leaders on multiple fronts, culminating in the president's decision to ditch them and join hands with the Democrats instead.
All 90 votes in opposition were cast by Republicans, many of whom seethed after Trump cut the disaster-and-debt deal with Democratic leaders with no offsetting budget cuts.
Trump gave Congress six months to work on an alternative by delaying implementation until March.
But the reason Democrats are so happy lies in the details and, specifically, the calendar. He says the arrangement Trump worked out with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is "good for the country".
The president, however, was energized by the deal and the sense of progress after seven months of frustrated legislative efforts and he reached out to Mr. Schumer and Ms. Pelosi on Thursday to see if they could work out further deals.
Trump met with lawmakers in the Oval Office on Wednesday night and came to an agreement with Schumer and the Democrats to increase the debt ceiling until December 8, which staves off a government shutdown.
Also feeding the Democrats' swagger are retirement announcements by Republicans in Democratic-leaning or swing House districts.
The critical background here is that the Republican Party hates dealing with the debt ceiling. Among other things, he signaled openness to a plan advanced by Mr. Schumer to end the perennial showdowns over the debt ceiling and agreed to a request by Ms. Pelosi to publicly reassure younger illegal immigrants anxious about deportation.
U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, voted in favor of the measure, but expressed "disappointed that a relief package, created to help those in need, was exploited with the attachment of a continuing resolution and a debt ceiling increase".
Cruz, along with almost the entire Texas Republican delegation, voted against Hurricane Sandy aid in 2013.
All this ugliness is why Ryan and McConnell wanted a debt ceiling increase that would last through the 2018 elections. He said it was driven by the need to rush recovery money to Texas and Louisiana coupled with Trump's desire to clear the autumn for tackling the GOP goal of tax cuts.
"They didn't do it, so now we have a big deal with [Democrats] holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval". Basically, it won't get any easier for Trump to get his wall money by December. The package includes more than $6 billion in additional FEMA funds as part of the bill funding the government through December, bringing the total disaster funds closer to $22 billion. Citing Trump's frequent clashes with GOP congressional leaders, Lujan said, "I think that has the Trump base very concerned with them". "I know you did not mean to instill fear, but that is what is happening'".
None of this, of course, is set in stone until it actually passes Congress.