Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hinted this week that Democratic leadership will not be as thrilled with the emergency Hurricane funding and government spending and debt ceiling deal they agreed to with the president. The House of Representatives voted last week to pass the Senate’s proposal, providing $15.2 billion in emergency relief funding for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, raise the debt ceiling, and fund the government through mid-December. “Since I was in charge of drafting the debt ceiling provision that we inserted into the flood bill we likely — almost certainly — are not going to have another debt ceiling discussion until well into 2018,” McConnell told The New York Times. “One of the advantages of being the majority leader is you control the paper,” McConnell said.
Democrats hinted that they could use the debt ceiling as a political tool to force Republicans to make concessions on government spending, shore up the health insurance markets and possibly pursue other legislative ends, like ensuring protections for DREAMers.