All anyone in Washington could talk about on Thursday was President Trump’s deal with the Democrats.
The Washington Post reports that while Republicans are obviously concerned about the deal, some members of the Democratic Party also remain cautious.
The deal increased the debt ceiling and authorized stopgap funding to keep the government running. It also covered hurricane relief. This legislation was easily passed on Thursday.
Debate on a variety of issues ranging from the debt ceiling and tax reform to the border wall with Mexico should to resume in December.
Congressional Republicans are now unsure of their role in the president’s plans.
“I have no way of divining his motives. I’m a pretty intelligent guy, but I don’t understand this,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said of Trump.
While most Democrats were happy about the deal, they were also adopting a “wait and see” attitude toward the president. They worry that his allegiances could shift again. There are still significant disagreements between Trump and the Democrats.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) said, “There aren’t governing philosophies. There’s day by day, seat-of-the-pants management.” Murphy also said that the president’s unpredictable temperament limits his usefulness as an ally.
Democrats are expected to use the leverage they gained in the deal to push for a “Dreamers” bill that will protect the 800,000 people covered by the current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
Although Trump has announced his intention to phase out DACA, he has not opposed a “Dreamers” bill. He even tweeted that young people currently covered by DACA do not need to fear action for the next six months. According to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the president sent that tweet at her request.
The Democrats may be on the verge of another victory. On Thursday, it emerged that President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had discussed permanently removing the debt ceiling.
The president said “there are lots of good reasons” for such a move.
Such a proposal would face strident opposition from Congressional Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).
These recent events have sent Republicans reeling. The conservative Republican Study Committee sent a letter to Ryan complaining about the deal. But now, even moderate Republicans and their aides now feel unsure about their place in the political landscape.