During negotiations to raise the debt ceiling, President Joe Biden negotiated federal budget cuts with House Republicans, which alarmed the far left.
Although the White House claimed that President Joe Biden would not negotiate with Republicans to reduce wasteful spending, the administration engaged with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on spending cuts, which infuriated the far left, according to a report by Breitbart News.
Extreme-left Representative Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) warned that any cutbacks to wasteful spending, including obsolete pandemic funding, would be met with street protests.
CNN quoted her saying, “I think there would be a huge backlash from our entire House Democratic caucus, certainly the progressives — but also in the streets."
Jayapal attempted to disguise her statement by associating Biden with the previously enacted irresponsible spending that contributed to systemic inflation.
She asserted, “It’s important we don’t take steps back from the very strong agenda that president himself shepherd and led over the past two years.”
"It's going to be a problem," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), a socialist, told CNN when asked about the possibility of Biden agreeing to expenditure cuts or caps.
Ocasio-Cortez criticized the administration for initiating discussions through the debt ceiling negotiations, recalling the White House's previous refusal to negotiate an increase in the debt ceiling.
"We do not legislate through the debt ceiling for this very reason," she explained.
Although House Republicans maintain leverage, the Biden administration refuses to cut wasteful spending and demands tax or revenue increases as part of an agreement to raise the debt ceiling.
McCarthy and Biden administration representatives convened on Monday to discuss the budget. “I felt we had a productive discussion. We don’t have an agreement yet,” he said.
"The tone tonight was better than any other time we've had discussions," McCarthy said.
“June 1st? Everybody knows that’s false,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) said.
I don’t believe June 1st is the real deadline for default. Why aren’t we making @SecYellen show her work before Congress?
She couldn’t even see inflation coming from a mile away! pic.twitter.com/ZwRJjDhHHI
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 23, 2023
“I don’t believe June 1st is the real deadline for default. Why aren’t we making @SecYellen show her work before Congress?” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) posted on Twitter.