Sep 12, 2017

McConnell: Democrats didn't get as good a deal on debt limit as they think

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Congressional leaders and administration officials on tax reform, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP

Sen. Mitch McConnell told the New York Times that the spending deal Democrats made with President Trump "is not quite as good" as they thought because it will push off the next debt-limit debate until well into 2018. McConnell says he preserved Treasury Dept. powers to use measures to delay an eventual need to raise the limit again

Why it matters: Republicans were furious about Trump's spending and debt-limit deal with Democrats because it pushed the the next debt-limit and spending debate into December when immigration issues could also come up. McConnell said that won't be the case. "I think I can safely say the debt ceiling and the spending issue in December will be decoupled because the debt ceiling will not come up until sometime in 2018," he told the Times.

What to watch for next: Democrats are skeptical McConnell will follow through because it "would put Republicans on the spot," and push the fight into an already-difficult midterm election year, the Times wrote.

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