Congress has gone back to work after the August recess, with hurricane relief top on the agenda. U.S. Rep. Bob Gibbs said the House passed a nearly $8 billion bill for relief and Federal Emergency Management Agency funding, but President Donald Trump, he said, “cut a deal” with the Democratic leadership in the Senate to package it with a three-month continuing resolution to fund the government into December.

Gibbs said he was disappointed with that, calling it an “unnecessary distraction” and Congress should have just passed an 18-month resolution.

“I think the Democrats wanted it in December to distract from tax reform,” he said. “We need tax reform. Our corporate tax structure is not competitive.”

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