With Hurricane Harvey relief funding hanging in the balance, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made it clear: something had to be done.
“If this isn’t the definition of an emergency, I don’t know what is,” McConnell said.
But making a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)? McConnell did not seem thrilled by that prospect.
Nevertheless, President Donald Trump persisted and abandoned the GOP to make a deal with Democrats to fund the government for the next three months, avoiding a shutdown.
McConnell acknowledged it bluntly.
“In the meeting down at the White House… the President agreed with Senator Schumer and Congresswoman Pelosi,” McConnell said.
The Senate Majority Leader offered a tepid (at best) defense of the legislation he’s about to propose — which will, among other things, raise the debt ceiling.
“The President can speak for himself,” McConnell said. “But his feeling was that we needed to come together and not create a picture of divisiveness at a time of genuine national crisis. And that was the rationale. I’m confident in his decision to agree to what I’m going to be offering.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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