President Trump on Thursday blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan for creating “a mess” by not including the debt ceiling legislation in a veterans bill.
“I requested that Mitch M & Paul R tie the Debt Ceiling legislation into the popular V.A. Bill (which just passed) for easy approval,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
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”They didn’t do it so now we have a big deal with Dems holding them up (as usual) on Debt Ceiling approval. Could have been so easy-now a mess!” he added.
Little more than an hour later, after tweets railing on the “Fake Media” and his speech Wednesday to the American Legion, Trump returned to McConnell and faulted him for not being able to pass a repeal-and-replace bill on ObamaCare in the Senate.
“The only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed!That should NEVER have happened!”
The effort to overhaul the health care plan failed in the Senate last month when three Republicans — including Sen. John McCain — voted against it.
Congress will take up the debt ceiling legislation when lawmakers return next month from August recess. It’s one of a number of legislative measures, including tax reform, that await action.
Earlier this week, McConnell, who has been feuding with the president, according to several reports, said there’s “zero chance” that Congress will fail to increase the debt ceiling.
Trump signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act during a ceremony Wednesday at the American Legion’s annual convention in Reno, Nev.
The legislation — which passed the House and Senate by large margins — streamlines the lengthy process that veterans have to undergo when appealing their claims for disability benefits with the Veterans Administration.
In a speech before he signed the legislation, Trump called it “historic.”
”Veterans will receive timely updates, and they will get decisions much more quickly in a fraction of the time,” he said.
Source : https://nypost.com/2017/08/24/trump-blames-ryan-mcconnell-for-veterans-bill-mess/509