House Speaker Paul Ryan accused congressional Democrats Wednesday of playing “politics” with a “disgraceful” bid to tie Harvey aid to a short-term increase in the debt ceiling, warning the move could put the storm aid at risk.
He spoke as the House was poised to approve $8 billion in Hurricane Harvey relief money, after which the bill would go to the Senate.
The Senate already had been expected to attach an increase in the debt ceiling. But Ryan bristled at a call by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to attach only a three-month increase in the debt ceiling, and not the longer-term increase GOP leaders want.
“To play politics with the debt ceiling like Schumer and Pelosi apparently are doing, I don’t think is a good idea,” Ryan said.
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