EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Gridlock.
Could it actually be on its way out of Washington, D.C.?
President Trump met with the congressional leaders from both the Democrat and Republican parties on Wednesday and achieved a bipartisan, yes, you heard that correctly, bipartisan agreement. The deal combines relief funding for Hurricane Harvey, an extension on raising the debt ceiling and a continuing resolution on the budget.
The key sticking points were over the length for the debt ceiling and federal budget extensions.
Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi proposed a 3-month extension while Republicans Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan pushed for an 18, or at the very least, a 6-month extension.
President Trump surprised Republicans when he agreed to the 3-month extension the Democrats proposed.
This is absolutely the right move by the president. He is making a bipartisan deal, which is what the American people need from our elected leaders. Partisan gridlock is not productive.
Congress now has three months to come to act on the debt ceiling and the budget. That is their job, and they should get it done.
This deal is a win for the American people, especially the victims of Hurricane Harvey, as they will be getting their necessary funding in a timely manner.
The bottom line is this. Republicans in Congress have not shown an ability to unilaterally get things done. The President promised during the campaign that he will work with Republicans and Democrats for the benefit of Americans. That is what this deal represents. Hopefully, there is more bipartisanship and less gridlock on the horizon.