Almost two weeks after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, the U.S. House is scheduled to vote on a nearly $8 billion disaster relief package for those affected by the storm and the consequent flooding.
"The federal government needs to provide disaster relief for situations like this, and as Hurricane Irma moves closer to the United States, it's important that Congress signals that we will support relief from these devastating natural disasters", Stefanik, R-Willsboro, said.
Since hitting the debt ceiling back in March, the Treasury has been using "debt limit loopholes" to keep borrowing money and are close to running out of cash within the next month, Boccia explained. But many conservative Republicans oppose tying Harvey aid to a debt ceiling measure without related reforms.
Ryan also responded to a question about whether he could force a budget through without Democratic support, saying it would be impossible without Democratic cooperation.
"Minutes before the vote, Amash tweeted that funding for the disaster aid should be offset instead of being added to the deficit".
The money will go to replenish the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which rushed to the rescue as Harvey dumped a record amount of rain on southeastern Texas, in what analysts said is likely to be the costliest storm in US history.
Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday that if Congress appropriates the money, there must be enough available to cover the Harvey aid.
The 419-3 vote sent the aid package - likely the first of several - to the Senate in hopes of sending the bill to President Donald Trump before dwindling federal disaster reserves run out at the end of this week.More news: Time Warner Cable Customer Records Leaked in Data Breach
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In addition to attaching the debt ceiling to the Harvey aid, a report from Axios' Jonathan Swan said GOP leadership is also considering attaching a continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government to the package.
Trump also discussed other spending issues before Congress with House and Senate leaders at the White House. As of Thursday, there was just $2.1 billion left in FEMA's Disaster Relief Fund.
North Carolina Rep. Mark Walker, the leader of another group of fiscal conservatives, said in a written statement, "If we resort to just kicking the can down the road on the debt, it only shows that Republicans do not take the problem of our $20 trillion debt seriously". Senate Republicans want to link Harvey aid to debt limit increase into 2019 after the midterm elections.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., predicted bipartisan support to lift the debt ceiling.
The House's two big, fiscally conservative groups - the House Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee - have already expressed reservations about a combo vote.
One immediate matter is Harvey aid, and the House is expected to vote on an initial $7.9 billion package.
But in 2010, as a member of the House minority, Ryan vocally opposed an increase in the debt ceiling without concessions. Republicans passed spending reforms with Barack Obama as president.