Trump feud with Republican allies puts agenda in doubt

Posted August 27, 2017

"Could have been so easy-now a mess!"

Reports emerged in mid-July of discussions about tying the debt ceiling bill to the veterans legislation, though it was not clear that the president had made the suggestion.

And then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer was asked the same question as Huckabee Sanders back in April, when the White House first wanted to attach the border wall to a government funding bill.

But as Congress prepares to return to Washington next month for a crucial fall legislative session, Trump has shown no signs of letting up his attacks on Republican lawmakers.

President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress have vowed to slash business tax rates and overhaul the US tax code before year end, with a Republican-only strategy that requires a special parliamentary procedure to get legislation through the Senate on a simple majority.

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The Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington research group, said Thursday that the USA would begin missing payments in early to mid-October.

The spread between one- and three-month bills has collapsed to roughly 1.6 basis points, the flattest since February, as investors start demanding higher rates on one-month paper relative to three-month securities in order to compensate for default risk.

Trump targeted Senate Majority Leader (R-Ky.) and Speaker (R-Wis.) in the tweet. "He failed. That should never happen".

Congress has an end-of-September deadline to raise the debt ceiling, or the United States will fail to make all the payments it is legally required to make, and put the federal bond market into a tailspin. Cohn also said Trump will give a speech next week on tax reform.

On Tuesday afternoon, before Trump spoke in Phoenix, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus - which has played a central role in pushing House GOP leaders to fulfill Trump's agenda - called for funding to build a wall along the Mexican border in a series of tweets.

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Ryan knows that a government shutdown will hurt Republicans, because they control all the power levers in Washington.

As allies in corporate America and the Republican establishment pull away from Trump and he declines in national polls, the president is increasingly dependent on a core following for whom his campaign vow of a border wall remains a visceral issue. In May, despite somewhat similar bluster, the administration allowed funding for this year's budget to go forward without monies for a wall.

Ryan told reporters Wednesday that lawmakers don't want a government shutdown in October.

Trump said he had advised Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan to link passage of legislation raising the debt ceiling to a bill on veterans affairs that he signed into law on August 12.

During this same period, Trump ramped up his feud with Arizona's Republican senators, taking veiled shots at Jeff Flake and John McCain during his Phoenix rally, and later tweeting: "Not a fan of Jeff Flake, weak on crime & border!"

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