(FOX News) — President Trump struck a deal Wednesday with Democratic leaders to raise the federal debt ceiling and fund the government for the next three months while also providing Hurricane Harvey relief money — hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted such a plan as “unworkable” and “disgraceful.”
Ryan, R-Wis., had denounced the idea of a short-term plan to raise the debt ceiling after Senate Minority Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., made their case for one in a joint statement.
He warned the move could put Harvey relief funds at risk, as the House overwhelmingly approved an initial $8 billion in funding.
“To play politics with the debt ceiling like Schumer and Pelosi apparently are doing, I don’t think is a good idea,” said Ryan.
Yet the Democratic leaders later emerged from a meeting with Trump, Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., saying they had agreed on the Harvey money and the short-term extensions through Dec. 15.
Trump, minutes later, verified the deal aboard Air Force One.
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