Just one day after Trump struck a deal with Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi to temporarily raise the national debt ceiling, the Washington Post reported that the President also discussed with Sen. Schumer a measure to scrap the debt ceiling altogether.
Any such plan could face staunch opposition from the majority congressional Republicans, who would have to approve it. On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan voiced opposition to getting rid of the debt ceiling.
The deal was described as a “gentleman’s agreement,” the Post reported, citing “three people familiar with the decision.” Democrats in the Senate want to reach an “arrangement with Trump” by December, according to the Post.
Such an action would allow the federal government to spend taxpayer money without consequence. It would also remove a powerful bargaining chip fiscally responsible Republicans have used to secure spending cuts. When the debt ceiling debate rolls around each year, these Senators and Representatives have exchanged their votes for promises to cut spending.
Without the debt ceiling, the …
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