President Trump is siding with Congressional Democrats on a proposal to extend the debt limit for a few months. As the Washington Post reports:
President Trump confounded leaders from his own party on Wednesday by siding with Democrats on plans to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling, upending negotiations on a variety of crucial policy areas this fall and further damaging relationships with Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Trump made his position clear at a White House meeting with congressional leaders on Wednesday, agreeing with Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) by voicing support for a three-month bill to fund the government and raise the debt ceiling for the same amount of time…
…Republican leaders pushed for a 18 month debt limit hike and then floated doing a six-month extension, according to two aides briefed on the meeting. But Pelosi and Schumer dismissed the six month proposal and Trump then agreed to the three month hike that Democrats put on the table.
Congressional Republicans were hoping to just do one vote on the debt limit that could contain this discussion and prevent multiple different extensions.