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A Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting told The Washington Examiner that budget discussions between GOP and Democratic leadership came to a screeching halt when the first daughter dropped by like she's the wacky neighbor on a sitcom. But by the end of the meeting, Trumpsided with Democrats who wanted a three-month increase. "Republican leaders were visibly annoyed by Ivanka's presence".

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said they are willing to work with Republicans to help provide emergency assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey as well as raise the debt ceiling.

The president delivered a resounding victory to congressional Democrats Wednesday - and embarrassed stunned Republican leaders - when he agreed on a plan to raise the debt ceiling, provide aid to storm-ravaged Texas and keep the federal government running through December 15.

Under the agreement, Congress will seek to advance a bill that funds the government and raises the debt limit through 15 December.

When he spoke with reporters a few hours later, as he departed on Air Force One for a speech in North Dakota, the president praised House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, affectionately calling them by their first names and making no mention of the Republican leaders he had met with, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The package would set up a tough vote for many Republicans, who want to back relief for Harvey victims but do not want to vote on legislation that raises the debt ceiling or a funding bill that but does nothing to restrict future government spending. "That will include the debt ceiling, that will include the CRs, and it will include Harvey". The discussion arrived at a standstill, the source said, until Trump unexpectedly agreed with Democrats on the need for a three-month extension.

"Let's think about this: We've got all this devastation in Texas".

One immediate matter is Harvey aid, and the House is expected to vote on an initial $7.9 billion package.

Republican leaders had sought an 18-month extension, and later cut that to six months.

President Trump has sided with a Democratic proposal to tie Hurricane Harvey funding with a three-month increase to the debt limit, according to Democratic leadership. "We essentially came to deal, and I think the deal will be very good". "Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi to do a three month C.R. and a debt ceiling into December", McConnell said.

The U.S. House voted Wednesday to fund nearly $8 billion for Hurricane Harvey relief, with full support from the Texas delegation.

The deal comes after the House passed a stand-alone Harvey bill in a 419-3 vote on Wednesday. Failure to increase the debt limit could cause the government to miss payments to bondholders and result in a default on government debt. He said he feared that Trump would "absolutely" readily make deals with the opposition party.

Since their votes are needed to pass debt ceiling increases, Democrats potentially could use the next vote debt limit vote at the end of this year as leverage to win concessions on a tax reform package that Trump badly wants to advance.

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