Govt gets please explain over roads funding issues, which are not a priority. Please also explain why we should be investing $15.7 trillion in infrastructure."
In May, Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.) said that he would work with the administration to resolve a debt ceiling crisis in coming months but said the House was not doing enough to cut red tape that hinders companies and job creators.
Some Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill have urged Republicans to move faster on the issue. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has repeatedly denied suggestions that the GOP might move quickly on a plan to fund the government through September.
A Senate Republican aide, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of an internal campaign strategy, said Wednesday's developments showed the debt ceiling issue is "the key challenge in the Trump administration."
That aide said the Trump administration is willing to do anything it says it must, including the necessary spending cuts to address entitlement and entitlement reform.
Senate Republicans are considering using a procedural motion to change the rules so that they can pass the debt ceiling extension and avoid a government shutdown, the aide said.
Lawmakers are expected to approve the measure on Wednesday, possibly even on the same day that Senate Republicans break for recess, when they are under pressure from moderate Democrats. The House would also likely approve the measure Thursday.
Pearce wants to play city country music, but they're not doing the country thing, because the country thing is not cool right now." But as they grew older, their taste shifted toward country music and some other genres like rock and roll, which he started playing when he was 12. "I was like, 'Man, this is how you make an impact on somebody else.'"
The pair's friendship and their interests evolved over the years, too. In the 1990s, they went to the Grammys. "We went to the '90s Grammys," he explained. "We were 12. I thought it was very cool. It wasn't '90s culture. It wasn't hip. It wasn't hip-hop music. It wasn't soul music." But they went to see Jimmy Fallon perform, and they saw him as a friend. Then in 2002, they had the opportunity to go on Broadway in Tony Awards night and meet Jimmy Kimmel.
When they had their first wedding, in 2008, there was a lot more to it than their friend's name on a wedding ring. "I don't want to say it was my most memorable time Broadway], but when we came home after that show вЂ” I was just like, 'It's like my life.' I was on fire."
In the summer of 2010, during an engagement week, they stopped by Staples to hang out with their friends and their band. "We sat there and the next day вЂ” a bunch of us started going to rehearsal for another show we were doing," Pearl recalled.
That summer, they started opening up to each other and started asking questions вЂ” not really looking at anything in particular. At first, they assumed they'd become good friends. But they didn't spend the rest of the summer trying to find out who Pearl was, so they spent it hanging out.
When they did get to the rehearsal in the fall, they were nervous because they didn't know what the hell they were doing. Their music was about as old as they had been, but Pearl had a new sense of direction. "I could look through the audience for what's most important and then just see what the crowd wants. Once it's that, it's like, okay. It's cool. Here it is." And when their song "Shake Your Joint" started to sound so different, it made them nervous enough to actually look at themselves in the mirror.
Their best advice was that they try to keep things simple and have fun. But what really surprised them was how easy it was to get them over вЂ” just by having fun.
"I would say, 'My mom said we have so much fun doing what we do. You've done so much more than we ever hav