The Senate is expected to attach a “clean” debt ceiling increase to the bill and send it back to the House
Leaders of the GOP-controlled House purportedly plan to vote Wednesday on a $7.9 billion Hurricane Harvey relief package separate from deciding on whether to raise the federal debt ceiling, setting up a potential White House showdown and adding another twist to what will be an action-packed next several weeks on Capitol Hill.
USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page joins “CBS This Morning” from Washington to discuss the White House’s response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, the reports that President Trump is expected to rescind DACA and why funding Harvey relief could be a way for Congress to get the debt ceiling lifted more easily.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Sunday that his and President Trump’s “first priority” is to ensure Texas gets Hurricane Harvey relief money, which means Congress upon returning Tuesday should connect appropriating the funds to increasing the federal debt.
The Treasury secretary urges a link between the distribution of emergency funds and a bill that Congress must pass before the end of the month to avoid a default on federal debts.
Congress needs to raise the debt limit by the end of September or risk default. Widespread support for storm aid could help get it done.