President Donald Trump stunned Republicans on Wednesday by sponsoring a Democrat plan to tie a temporary raise to the debt ceiling to hurricane relief funding.
The plan, which was proposed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, would raise the debt ceiling in a three-month extension along with a provision for hurricane funding. Republican leaders had been pushing for an 18-month extension, which would have kept the government open through the 2018 midterms.
"The President was in deal-cutting mode," a Republican source told CNN. "He was sick of this fight."
Doc Thompson, Keith Malinak and Jeffy Fisher discussed the surprise deal on Thursday’s “The Morning Blaze with Doc Thompson.”
Reminding everyone that Republicans control the House and the Senate, Doc gave a breakdown of what happened.
“They don’t act like they actually control the legislative process from start to finish,” he said of Republicans, who attempted to extend the debt ceiling for 18 months and then tried to negotiate a six-month deal.
Doc also pointed out that a three-month extension takes the country nearly to Christmas, which is hardly a time when lawmakers will be willing to make tough decisions.
“’Well, it’s Christmas, folks, and we just cannot deal with this, people losing their jobs and shutting down the government,’” he predicted what will happen after three months.
Texas is still recovering from Tropical Storm Harvey, which peaked as a Category 4 hurricane and flooded tens of thousands of homes, while Floridians are steeling themselves against Hurricane Irma. Miami is unprepared for the storm expected to make landfall; meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is rapidly running out of funding. Florida Gov. Rick Scott has issued an order for mandatory evacuation for the Keys and more evacuation orders are expected. Based on the storm’s projected path, Florida could see one of the largest mass evacuations in history, CNN reported.