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Trump Suggests Doing Away With Votes To Raise Debt Ceiling

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During a meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday, President Donald Trump reportedly floated the idea of eliminating the politically challenging votes to raise the debt ceiling.

Three people familiar with the conversation told Politico that Trump told the lawmakers he believes the debt ceiling votes are unproductive.

The suggestion from Trump came as he met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.

During the meeting, Trump reached an agreement with the Democratic leaders on a bill that includes a three-month increase in the debt limit.

People in the room told Politico that Trump said conversations about scrapping the votes on raising the debt ceiling should happen over the next three months.

The votes to raise the debt ceiling are often difficult for Republicans, with more conservative lawmakers typically opposing the increase without spending cuts.

Politico said Schumer and Pelosi appeared interested in the deal but were noncommittal, with Schumer saying he would speak to his caucus members about the matter.

Democrats frequently use the debt ceiling votes to gain leverage in negotiations, as the increase can be filibustered in the Senate.

A Republican familiar with the conversation told Politico that Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Republicans brought up the House's old "Gephardt rule," which automatically raises the debt ceiling if a budget is passed.

(Photo: Gage Skidmore)

by RTT Staff Writer

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