Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY, said on Monday that he is not concerned about Democrats gaining leverage after their deal with President Trump to raise the debt ceiling and fund the government through December.
“Let’s put it this way,” McConnell told the New York Times. “The deal is not quite as good as my counterpart thought it was.”
“Since I was in charge of drafting the debt ceiling provision that we inserted into the flood bill we likely — almost certainly — are not going to have another debt ceiling discussion until well into 2018,” McConnell said. “One of the advantages of being the majority leader is you control the paper.”
Trump faced some criticism from Conservatives in the party for striking a deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling temporarily to push through Hurricane Harvey relief.