Sasse: Trump deal will make Schumer the ‘most powerful man in America’

Sasse: Trump deal will make Schumer the ‘most powerful man in America’
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Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseHillicon Valley: Lawmakers demand answers on Chinese COVID hacks | Biden re-ups criticism of Amazon | House Dem bill seeks to limit microtargeting Lawmakers ask for briefings on Chinese targeting of coronavirus research On The Money: GOP senators heed Fed chair's call for more relief | Rollout of new anti-redlining laws spark confusion in banking industry | Nearly half of American households have lost employment income during pandemic MORE (R-Neb.) said Thursday that Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) will become the “most powerful man in America," thanks to his surprise deal with President Trump over the debt ceiling and government funding.

“Do your constituents know that Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerThe Democrats' out-party advantage in 2020 Democratic leaders say Trump testing strategy is 'to deny the truth' about lack of supplies Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE, whose title is minority leader not majority leader, just made himself the most powerful man in America for the month of December?” Sasse said Thursday on the Senate floor. 

He added that Schumer made himself the “key man” in negotiations in the debt-ceiling debate, which will come up again in December. 

Trump surprised GOP congressional leaders Wednesday when he bypassed them to make a three-month debt-ceiling and funding deal with Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).


On Thursday, the Senate approved a spending bill that would increase the debt ceiling until Dec. 8, temporarily prevent a government shutdown and give aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Republicans had initially hoped to extend government funding and the debt ceiling for 18 months. Instead, Trump's three-month deal means the issues will come up again in December — another potential opportunity for Democrats to exercise leverage on the GOP.

"Chuck Schumer has made himself the key man in all negotiations in December because of the legislation we’re going to pass today,” Sasse before the Senate approved the measure.

Sasse had immediately criticized Trump’s deal with the Democrats on Wednesday, with his press office Twitter account putting out a statement that the deal is simply “bad.”