Overnight Finance: Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Dems | Conservatives fume at GOP leaders -- not Trump | Trump wants to talk about killing debt limit | Panel approves Fed, comptroller nominees

Overnight Finance: Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Dems | Conservatives fume at GOP leaders -- not Trump | Trump wants to talk about killing debt limit | Panel approves Fed, comptroller nominees
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Senate approves Trump's debt deal with Democrats: The Senate on Thursday approved a short-term bill to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling despite frustration among Republicans about the deal President Trump struck with Democrats.

Senators voted 80-17 on the agreement, which includes an extension of government funding and an increase in the federal borrowing limit through Dec. 8. Those measures are paired with more than $15 billion in hurricane and disaster recovery aid.

Seventeen Republican senators voted against the deal, including Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenators zero in on shadowy court at center of IG report Graham: People should be fired over surveillance report findings GOP, Trump campaign rip CNN for coverage of Horowitz hearing MORE (S.C.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment Budowsky: Would John McCain back impeachment? MORE (Ariz.) and Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulPentagon to take bigger role in vetting foreign students after Pensacola shooting Overnight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Rand Paul: 'We need to re-examine' US-Saudi relationship after Florida shooting MORE (Ky.). No Democrats voted against the measure.

GOP Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate Republicans air complaints to Trump administration on trade deal Senate passes Armenian genocide resolution Houston police chief stands by criticism of McConnell, Cruz, Cornyn: 'This is not political' MORE (Texas), whose state was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, supported the measure but stressed, "I would have much preferred a clean Harvey relief bill."

The deal has stoked widespread opposition in the GOP, particularly among conservatives. Though Republicans support helping communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey, many are loath to raise the debt ceiling or fund the government without spending or entitlement reforms. The Hill's Jordain Carney reports: http://bit.ly/2xQvfmm.


Conservatives direct ire at GOP leaders -- not Trump: Conservatives are blasting the fiscal deal brokered by President Trump and Democratic leaders, but are blaming GOP leaders in Congress more than the White House.

Trump shocked most of Washington by agreeing to the deal with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave Krystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); it was similar to a proposal Democrats had offered earlier on Wednesday that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House panel debates articles of impeachment House Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea MORE (R-Wis.) called "ridiculous."

The agreement would fund the government and raise the debt ceiling through Dec. 8, tying that legislation to aid for communities hit by Hurricane Harvey.

"While some have advocated for a 'clean' debt limit increase, this would simply increase the borrowing authority of the government while irresponsibly ignoring the urgency of reforms," Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, wrote in a letter to Ryan.

Walker's missive didn't mention Trump.

The Hill's Niv Elis explains: http://bit.ly/2xQl41g.



Senate Banking panel approves Trump's Fed, comptroller nominees: The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday approved the nominations of two of President Trump's top financial regulator nominees, sending them to the full Senate for consideration.

The panel approved along party lines Randal Quarles to serve as Federal Reserve vice chairman for supervision and Joseph Otting to serve as comptroller of the currency.

Only Sen. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states MORE (D-N.D.), who is up for reelection in 2018 in a state Trump won by large margin in the presidential election, voted with all Republicans to approve Otting. Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Krystal Ball: Is this how Bernie Sanders will break the establishment? GOP braces for Democratic spending onslaught in battle for Senate MORE (D-Mont.), Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyGinsburg health scare raises prospect of election year Supreme Court battle Watchdog accuses pro-Kavanaugh group of sending illegal robotexts in 2018 Lobbying world MORE (D-Ind.), Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — House passes sweeping Pelosi bill to lower drug prices | Senate confirms Trump FDA pick | Trump officials approve Medicaid work requirements in South Carolina Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA GOP senator blocks bill aimed at preventing Russia election meddling MORE (D-Md.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Watchdog report finds FBI not motivated by political bias in Trump probe Ex-Rep. Scott Taylor to seek old Virginia seat MORE (D-Va.) voted with Heitkamp and all Republicans to approve Quarles; Tester and Donnelly are both up for reelection next year in states Trump won.

Quarles and Otting should face little difficulty clearing the GOP-controlled Senate. The two will play major roles in the Trump administration's efforts to reshape financial regulation and "dismantle" the Dodd-Frank financial reform law: http://bit.ly/2xQyYjM.


Trump wants to talk about killing debt limit: President Trump said Thursday that he is willing to pursue a deal to eliminate the requirement that Congress vote to raise the debt ceiling.

"It could be discussed," the president told reporters at the White House. "For many years people have been talking about getting rid of debt ceiling altogether and there are a lot of good reasons to do that ... We even discussed it at the meeting we had yesterday."

The debt ceiling is one of several issues Trump said he wants to work on with Democratic and Republican lawmakers.

"The people of the U.S. want to see a coming together," he said, a remark suggesting the deal-making Trump did on Wednesday with Democrats -- which shocked both parties -- might be a sign of things to come.

"I think we will have a different relationship than we've been watching over the last number of years," he said. "I hope so. I think that's a great thing for our country."

Trump's comments appeared to all but confirm reports that the president spoke with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) about getting rid of the federal debt limit.

The Hill's Jordan Fabian has more here: http://bit.ly/2vQepHX


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Mnuchin: 'We're very happy' to have debt, Harvey deal: Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinUS, China reach limited trade deal ahead of tariff deadline Lawmakers strike spending deal to avert shutdown McConnell accuses Democrats of stonewalling funding talks with wall demands  MORE says he's satisfied with a temporary deal President Trump cut with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling and extend government funding.

"We're very happy we have a deal," Mnuchin told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria."

"The president's priority was to make sure we have the funding for [Hurricane] Harvey and to make sure we raise the debt limit to pay for that," he continued, adding that the deal "accomplished" those goals: http://bit.ly/2xQglfZ.


Ryan explains Trump deal: President didn't want 'food fight' Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Thursday that President Trump agreed to a stunning short-term deal with Democrats on Hurricane Harvey aid, the debt limit and government funding because he didn't want a "food fight" and wanted to instead show bipartisanship.

When the moderator at a New York Times-hosted event asked Ryan how the deal came about and how he felt about it, the Speaker sighed and took a moment to gather his thoughts before explaining that he believes the president made the agreement with Democrats in order to avoid partisan fighting.

Trump wanted a "bipartisan response and not a food fight" on the timing of the debt limit, Ryan said.

Ryan added that the president wanted a "bipartisan moment in response to these hurricanes." The Hill's Naomi Jagoda reports: http://bit.ly/2xQloNq.


But... Conservative caucus opposes Trump deal with Pelosi, Schumer: The largest Republican caucus in the House announced Thursday that it opposes President Trump's deal with Democrats tying a three-month government-funding extension to a Hurricane Harvey disaster relief bill.

Rep. Mark Walker (R-N.C.), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, called the deal irresponsible in a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

"While some have advocated for a 'clean' debt limit increase, this would simply increase the borrowing authority of the government while irresponsibly ignoring the urgency of reforms," Walker wrote.

Conservatives have long argued that increases to the debt limit, which are needed to stop the U.S. government from defaulting on its debt, should only be passed alongside spending reforms. http://bit.ly/2xQwbr9.


Heritage Action calls for GOP to reject Trump spending deal: Conservative group Heritage Action is calling on lawmakers to reject a deal struck among President Trump and congressional Democrats that provides relief funding for Hurricane Harvey while extending government funding and debt limits for three months.

Trump shocked Republicans Wednesday when he agreed to the deal proposed by the Senate and House minority leaders, and right-wing groups including Heritage Action warned GOP members they would be key-voting the short-term spending deal.

"The Trump administration and congressional Republicans agreed to link that much-need emergency spending to a suspension of our nation's debt ceiling, and the administration ultimately agreed with congressional Democrats that the debt ceiling suspension should last less than three months," Heritage said Thursday.

The vote puts Republicans in an uncomfortable situation, in which they must either defy the president and publicly vote against a bill funding relief efforts after a storm that devastated hundreds of thousands of Americans, or face the wrath of the conservative advocacy groups and deficit hawks. http://bit.ly/2xQdTGc.


Jobless claims surge after Hurricane Harvey: Unemployment applications spiked last week to the highest level in more than two years in the wake of Hurricane Harvey's lashing of Texas and Louisiana.

Weekly jobless claims hit 298,000 in the week ending Sept. 2, an increase of 62,000 from the previous week's 236,000, the highest level for initial claims since April 18, 2015, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

The one-week jump in claims was the largest since an increase of 81,000 in November 2012 after Superstorm Sandy barreled into the Northeast.

Claims jumped 96,000 after Hurricane Katrina hit in September 2005, according to Gus Faucher, PNC chief economist.

With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida and the East Coast, claims may experience more surges in the coming weeks: http://bit.ly/2xQeRSQ.


Ryan throws cold water on Trump tax goal: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday said that President Trump's goal of lowering the corporate tax rate to 15 percent would be difficult to achieve.

"The numbers are hard to make that work," Ryan said at an event hosted by The New York Times.

Ryan said that his goal is to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to at least the average for industrialized countries, 22.5 percent.

"Our goal is to get in the mid-to-low 20s, and we think that that's an achievable goal," he said.

The corporate rate has been the source of considerable debate as Republicans seek to overhaul the tax code.

In a speech in North Dakota Wednesday, Trump said that "ideally, we would like to bring our business tax rate down to around 15 percent." House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has also said that he would like the corporate tax rate to be in the teens: http://bit.ly/2xQl815.


Chamber targets GOP lawmakers in new ads for tax reform: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday launched a seven-figure advertising campaign to promote tax reform, as President Trump turns his focus to the issue.

The Chamber is partnering with The Business Council of New York State on ads that target several GOP House members from the state who could be vulnerable in the midterm elections. The television and digital ads show people at work arguing that a tax-code rewrite would help the economy and working families.

The new ad campaign comes the same week Congress returned to Washington following its August recess. GOP lawmakers and the White House have said they want to overhaul the tax code by the end of the year, and Trump has started to give speeches making the case for tax reform.

Neil Bradley, the Chamber's senior vice president and chief policy officer, said the group will be "holding lawmakers accountable to make sure [tax reform] gets done for the American people." http://bit.ly/2xQxPbY.


Mnuchin: Executive order ready to sanction countries trading with N. Korea: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he has prepared an executive order for President Trump that would sanction nations trading with North Korea.

"If we don't get these additional sanctions at the [United Nations], as I mentioned over the weekend, I have an executive order prepared, that's ready to go to the president that will authorize to stop doing trade and put sanctions on anybody that does trade with North Korea," Mnuchin told reporters on Wednesday.

Mnuchin described "the North Korean situation" as "not acceptable" in comments that come after Pyongyang said over the weekend that it successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb that can be placed on an intercontinental ballistic missile. http://bit.ly/2xQlPHJ.


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