President under fire from Democrats over debt ceiling deal

 May 29, 2023

Fox News reported on Sunday that a deal to raise the debt ceiling has apparently been reached between House Republicans and the White House.

Yet as the Daily Wire noted, some Democrats believe that President Joe Biden made a major mistake in his handling of the matter. 

Poll shows many voters favor spending cuts in debt ceiling deal

The website pointed to a Fox News poll which showed 47% of registered voters would blame the White House if a debt crisis ensued.

What's more, another poll from CNN found 60% of Americans think any debt ceiling deal agreement should involve spending cuts.

That has resulted in sharp criticism of the president, with one unnamed House Democrat telling Politico, "It’s time to bring the president off the bench, or bring somebody off the bench."

"No one’s responding to anything. Kevin’s consistently on message. We have the Oval Office. I’ve never seen anything like it," the lawmaker went on to complain.

Congresswoman: "The president should be out there"

Connecticut Democrat Rep. Rosa DeLauro agreed saying,  "The scale of the cuts is staggering, which really the public knows very little about. The president should be out there."

Meanwhile, the Daily Wire noted that Biden has also found himself under fire from progressives members of his own party.

They argue that instead of negotiating with Republicans, the president should unilaterally raise the debt ceiling and cite the 14th Amendment as justification, something many observers have dismissed as being constitutionally dubious.

Among them this New York Democratic Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who compared Republicans to foreign terrorists during an interview with CNN last week.

Progressive Caucus chair says deal could threaten Biden's reelection chances

"I’m very frustrated. You know, I called on the president to invoke the 14th Amendment and mint a coin and do not negotiate with hostage takers," Bowman said.

"I mean, we don’t negotiate with terrorists globally. Why are we going to negotiate with the economic terrorists here that are the Republican Party?" he asked.

Washington Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal serves as Progressive Caucus chair, and she complained that the White House had agreed to a "bad deal" with House Republicans that may well come to haunt the president in 2024.

"The president — I’m sure he’s thinking about the fact that it was a very vibrant, diverse coalition that put them in the White House, and he’s going to need that vibrant, diverse coalition again for 2024," she insisted.
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