McCarthy, Biden Say They Can Avoid Default Ahead Of Deadline

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The Center Square [By Brett Rowland] –

President Joe Biden and U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy reported productive talks Monday on a debt ceiling compromise, but have yet to announce a breakthrough ahead of a potential June 1 deadline.

“I just concluded a productive meeting with Speaker McCarthy about the need to prevent default and avoid a catastrophe for our economy,” Biden said in a statement. “We reiterated once again that default is off the table and the only way to move forward is in good faith toward a bipartisan agreement.”

But the two sides remain far apart on a deal to lift the debt ceiling. 

“President Biden and I just had a productive meeting in our negotiation to responsibly raise the debt limit,” McCarthy said after the meeting. “It should have happened months ago, but there is a path for him to avoid defaulting on the debt.”

McCarthy ruled out cuts to defense spending. 

“Defense should not be on the table,” he said. 

Negotiators will continue talks through the night, McCarthy said. 

McCarthy said new revenue wasn’t an option. He also said a short-term extension wasn’t an option.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said lawmakers must raise the debt ceiling by June 1 or risk a default on U.S. debt obligations. When exactly the U.S. will run out of money remains uncertain.

Yellen said June 1 remains a “hard deadline” on Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” She was not optimistic about potential plans for Biden to use the 14th Amendment to raise the debt limit unilaterally.

It “doesn’t seem like something that could be appropriately used in these circumstances, given the legal uncertainty around it, and given the tight time frame we’re on,” she said.

The debt ceiling is the maximum amount of debt the U.S. Department of the Treasury can issue.

Yellen previously said “a U.S. default would generate an economic and financial catastrophe.”

House Republicans passed a bill to reduce spending by $4.8 trillion and increase the debt limit by about $1.5 trillion, or until March 31, 2024, whichever comes first. The Republican bill would strip energy and environmental tax credits from the Inflation Reduction Act and formally block Biden’s student loan cancellation. It also would put work requirements in place for some federal social programs, such as requiring Medicaid recipients to work 80 hours per month.

The Limit, Save, Grow Act would return total discretionary spending to the fiscal year 2022 level in fiscal year 2024 and cap annual growth at 1% for 10 years, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the measure would reduce budget deficits “by about $4.8 trillion over the 2023–2033 period.”

2 thoughts on “McCarthy, Biden Say They Can Avoid Default Ahead Of Deadline

  • May 23, 2023 at 11:54 pm

    What about CUTTING Foreign AID, Bloated IRS,FBI and the rest of bloated Gov. Departments across the board.

  • May 25, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Earlier this month Biden said he believes he has the legal right to invoke the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to raise the federal government’s $31.4 trillion debt ceiling. Actually he does not.

    The 14th Amendment states that the validity of the U.S. debt shall not be questioned and in the next sentence states that any debt incurred by aiding rebellion or insurrection against the United States, presumably by the Confederate States, is null and void. It makes no sense that the 14th Amendment would contradict Article I Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution which grants only Congress the authority to ” lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States…..,” and not the President.

    Any attempt by Biden to unilaterally issue debt would be unconstitutional and would also violate the separation-of-powers doctrine. If he were to succeed in his attempt to issue debt then these “Biden bonds” would and should be worthless. If the three ratings agencies – Fitch Ratings, Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s – were to do their jobs properly they would give these “Biden bonds” a rating of “C” which is one step above “D” which stands for default.

    If Biden went unchallenged then the very existence of Congress would become moot and he would essentially become a monarch like King Charles I……….and he would deserve the same fate as King Charles I.


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