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President Biden is facing pressure from Democrats in Congress to negotiate a responsible debt limit increase with Speaker McCarthy.

House Democrats have even begun urging Biden to reverse course:

  • Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI): “They’ve got to do it soon…[Biden] can’t keep waiting.”
  • Rep. Greg Landsman (D-OH): “I don’t think there’s any harm in the two of them sitting down to talk.”
  • Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL): “I do think that the president and the speaker should always talk. And Joe Biden has shown over his history that he’s always willing to negotiate.”
  • Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA): “Probably everyone’s rooting for the speaker and the president to come to a deal.”
  • Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH): “[Biden and McCarthy] ought to have a nice dinner, and they ought to get to work and get it done for the sake of the country.”
  • Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN): “I respect the White House position, but not in perpetuity. Because negotiation, that’s what this whole institution is about.”
  • Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI): “We’re going to have to negotiate…I’m encouraging continued negotiations.”
  • Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ): “We can both suspend the debt ceiling and help prevent our nation’s economy from driving off a fiscal cliff — and address our nation’s longer-term fiscal health. It’s a false choice to say we can only do one or the other.”

Biden is also facing criticism from the Democrat-controlled Senate over his refusal to negotiate:

  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): “Our elected leaders must stop with the political games, work together and negotiate a compromise. Instead, it has been more than 78 days since President Biden last met with Speaker McCarthy. This signals a deficiency of leadership, and it must change.”

The White House has called on Speaker McCarthy to “put a bill on the floor that is going to avoid default.” House Republicans have a bill to do just that.

  • The Limit, Save, Grow Act would responsibly raise the debt ceiling by $1.5 trillion while saving $4.5 trillion in reckless Washington spending.
  • The Senate has no plan.

President Biden cannot continue to ignore this crisis. It’s time for him to come to the table, or risk bumbling into the first default in our nation’s history.

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