Top Dems call for ‘bipartisan consensus’ on Harvey aid, debt ceiling

Top Dems call for ‘bipartisan consensus’ on Harvey aid, debt ceiling
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Top Democratic lawmakers are calling for a "bipartisan consensus" on key issues like Hurricane Harvey aid and the debt ceiling as the August recess comes to an end.

“Providing aid in the wake of Harvey and raising the debt ceiling are both important issues, and Democrats want to work to do both," Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a joint statement on Sunday.

"Given the interplay between all the issues Congress must tackle in September, Democrats and Republicans must discuss all the issues together and come up with a bipartisan consensus,” the statement continued.

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Schumer and Pelosi, along with other congressional leadership, are reportedly set to meet with President Trump next Wednesday.

Their meeting is scheduled one day after the August recess ends, ahead of a busy September that poses a series of challenges for Republicans.

Congress faces fast-approaching deadlines to raise the debt ceiling, fund the government and provide aid in response to Hurricane Harvey.

While the damage of the Category 4 hurricane is still being tallied, swelling floodwaters led to almost 50 deaths so far and displaced thousands of people. 

Lawmakers also return to work in the aftermath of Trump feuding with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Senate weighs new Russia response amid Trump backlash House passes bipartisan bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Ky.), exasperating tensions among Republicans in Washington.