September 6, 2017 / 2:13 PM / 10 months ago

Congressional Democrats back Harvey aid with three-month debt limit increase

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Democratic leaders on Wednesday said they would support an effort to tie government financial relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to a three-month extension of the nation’s debt limit.

FILE PHOTO: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

“Democrats are prepared to offer our votes for the Harvey aid package, and a short term debt limit increase of three months,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote. “We believe this proposal offers a bipartisan path forward to ensure prompt delivery of Harvey aid as well as avoiding a default.”

Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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