Over the weekend, even more Democrats in Congress urged Biden to start talking:
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): “Of course President Biden should sit down with Speaker McCarthy.”
- Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL): “Well of course we should talk.”
- Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI): “Do I think that [President Biden and Speaker McCarthy] should all be talking about how do we cut our spending? I’m always somebody that says sit down at the table, talk to each other, listen to each other.”
Pressure is mounting for Biden to finally come to the table. Last week, several more Democrats spoke out in support of debt limit negotiations:
- 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.”
- 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.”
Biden must decide between recklessness or responsibility.
House Republicans have the only plan that responsibly raises the debt ceiling and avoids a default.
- 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.
Biden has negotiated on debt ceiling agreements before—he needs to come to the table again.