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The House passed Trump’s debt ceiling deal with the Democrats



The House on Friday voted overwhelmingly in favor of legislation to avoid a government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling through December.

The 316-90 vote sent the measures to President Trump as part of a $15.3 billion disaster aid package for areas recently damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Friday’s results also ratified Trump’s deal with Democratic leaders Wednesday to temporarily raise America’s borrowing authority.

GOP leaders favored a longer-term extension of extending the debt limit, however, and the 90 “no” votes cast Friday all came from Republicans.

The majority of House Republicans backed Friday’s package, but the bulk of votes in favor came from Democrats instead.

Some Twitter users on Friday praised Trump’s agreement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) two days ago.

Other people on the social media platform criticized the pact, which occurred despite reluctance from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday said that Trump was "focused on doing what is best for the American people" by working with top Democrats in Congress.

"The important thing is that the deal got done," she said during a White House press briefing. "I certainly think that the goal is to have bipartisan efforts and certainly legislation that has both Democrats and Republicans working on it."

"I think the biggest thing is that we're a lot less focused on what makes Congress happy and a lot more on what makes Americans better and stronger."

Fiscal conservatives have long advocated for drastic spending reductions in exchange for any increases to the federal government’s borrowing authority.

The Harvey relief effort package had widespread report, but attaching a debt ceiling increase to it left many Republicans aggravated.

Voting on the debt limit is a thorny topic for Republicans, and Friday’s results means they will do so twice before the 2018 midterm elections.

Pelosi and Schumer successfully pressed Trump earlier this week to waive the debt limit through Dec. 8.

The federal government’s spending outpaces the money it collects from fees and taxes, and it covers the gap by issuing debt to borrow funds.

The debt ceiling or debt limit is the point at which the government can no longer borrow money by issuing debt.

Votes on increasing the limit are often fiercely partisan and can cause economic uncertainty over the government’s fiscal abilities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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