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 SasseSwing-state Democrats see trouble in proposed pay hike Swing-state Democrats see trouble in proposed pay hike House Dems move to give lawmakers a pay increase 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 SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push 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.).

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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.”