President Donald Trump forged a surprising deal with Democrats in Congress on Wednesday to extend the U.S. debt limit and provide government funding until Dec. 15. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a ''really good moment of some bipartisanship.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump forged a surprising deal with Democrats in Congress on Wednesday to extend the U.S. debt limit and provide government funding until Dec. 15, embracing his political adversaries and blindsiding fellow Republicans in a rare bipartisan accord. Trump, living up to his reputation for unpredictability, met at the White House with congressional leaders from both parties and overruled Republicans and his own treasury secretary who wanted a longer-term debt-limit extension rather than the three-month Democratic proposal the president embraced. If passed by the Republican-led Congress, the agreement would avert an unprecedented default on U.S. government debt, keep the government funded at the outset of the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and provide aid to victims of Hurricane Harvey. "It was a really good moment of some bipartisanship and getting things done," top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said.