Manchin pushes for Biden to work with McCarthy after debt limit bill passes

 April 28, 2023

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is urging President Joe Biden to meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to discuss the nation's debt limit.

Manchin's plea comes as the House passed a bill this week to increase the debt limit to keep the government running.

Manchin's plea

“The clock is ticking on this debt ceiling crisis and the American people will pay the economic price if President Biden continues to refuse to sit down and negotiate a commonsense compromise that would prevent a historic default," Manchin wrote in a Thursday statement.

"Speaker McCarthy did his job and he passed a bill that would prevent default and finally begin to rein in federal spending. While I do not agree with everything proposed, it remains the only bill moving through Congress that would prevent default and that cannot be ignored," he continued.

"It has now been 85 days since the President sat down with the Speaker. Only the President can prevent this from becoming a full-blown domestic crisis. For the sake of our nation that we all serve, I urge the President to put politics and partisanship aside, come to the table and negotiate a real compromise that saves America from this impending economic catastrophe," Manchin concluded.

The details

"McCarthy’s proposal to raise the debt ceiling would allow the federal government to borrow another $1.5 trillion or until March 31, 2024 – whichever milestone is reached first – in exchange for discretionary spending cuts for non-defense programs," the New York Post reported.

"The legislation would also limit the growth of future expenditures to 1% per year for the next decade and eliminate Biden’s order to cancel up to $20,000 in student loan debt for certain borrowers, as well as roll back portions of Democrats’ $739 billion government spending package implemented last year," it added.

Manchin's words come just days after another call by the Democrat to push for a bipartisan solution to avoid a stalemate in Congress.

“I applaud Speaker McCarthy for putting forward a proposal that would prevent default and rein in federal spending," Manchin said last week.

"While I do not agree with everything proposed, the fact of the matter is that it is the only bill actually moving through Congress that would prevent default,” he added.

The coming days will reveal whether Biden plans to work together toward a solution or whether he will avoid the issue to the harm of the nation.

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