The process may not have been pretty but we were excited to see that President Trump “cut a deal” Wednesday to fund the government and raise the federal borrowing limit as part of an agreement to speed money to Harvey relief.
The “deal,” Trump’s specialty, included Congressional Democrats and it broke a potential log jam.
In fact, by Thursday morning, even Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said the arrangement the president crafted on spending, the debt and Harvey aid made sense, in the wake of one devastating storm and with others looming. Ryan did not criticize the three-month spending plan that would rush billions in disaster relief to the victims - though he says he believes a longer-term debt deal would have been better for credit markets.
As important as those markets are to so many of us, we’re glad to see that he had his priorities in line.
In another outreach to Democrats, Trump then boarded a plane to North Dakota with Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp in an effort to garner bipartisan support for tax legislation that Republican leaders on Capitol Hill are now crafting on a purely partisan basis.
Certainly it would be naïve to think that this single day will set a pattern for future “deals” but it is an important first step. The fact is that party loyalists may want to cling to their positions, whether for power or political reasons or, for some, because they honestly believe in the tenets behind them, but the American people aren’t looking for purists.
They want solutions to the nation’s problems. And we believe that compromise is the path to solving them.