The House on Wednesday will not attach a debt ceiling measure to an $8 billion spending bill to aid flood-ravaged Texas, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced Tuesday.
Lawmakers will also take up a three-month funding measure known as a continuing resolution, to keep the government operating past a Sept. 30 deadline, McCarthy announced on Fox Business' "Mornings with Maria."
The money to help Texas recover from Hurricane Harvey "will not be attached to anything," McCarthy said, despite pleas from the Trump administration to tie it to legislation that would increase the nation's borrowing limit.
A vote is scheduled for Wednesday in the House.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Congress must raise the debt ceiling by the end of September and has called on Congress to attach it to the must-pass Harvey aid bill.
McCarthy pledged to pass a debt ceiling increase separately from the Harvey bill, and also promised more Harvey recovery money would be included in the three-month spending package.
McCarthy added Congress is also determined to pass tax reform and said he would keep the House in session longer than scheduled in order to accomplish that goal.
"If we need to stay here longer to get it done, one of my jobs is scheduling the House," McCarthy said. "I'll make sure we get this done."
McCarthy said he does not endorse a rumored Trump administration proposal to tax 401K plans as part of the tax overhaul plan.
"Why would you punish people who are saving for their own retirement?" McCarthy said. "You want to incentivize that even further."