Top House Republican 'pauses' debt ceiling talks with White House: 'Unreasonable'

 May 20, 2023

Republicans are reportedly pumping the brakes regarding negotiations with the White House on the debt ceiling crisis.

According to Breitbart, Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), who was given a lead role in the House Republicans' negotiations with the White House, essentially announced this week that talks would "pause" until the White House wants to negotiate in good faith.

The hiccup in the ongoing talks happened as President Joe Biden left the country for a trip to Japan to attend the G-7 Summit.

That leaves Vice President Kamala Harris in charge of the White House's role, which should scare everyone given that her performance on the job has been nowhere near suffice.


Graves made it clear this week why he decided to pull the plug on the negotiations, at least for the time being.

"Until people are willing to have reasonable conversations about how you can actually move forward and do the right thing, then we’re not gonna sit here and talk to ourselves," Ellis Kim tweeted, attaching a video of the final talks.

Kim added a follow-up tweet with remarks from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) on the stalled talks.

As of this writing, it's unclear when the talks could resume, although pressure is building on the White House as the debt ceiling crisis closes in.

Social media reacts

The House Freedom Caucus tweeted its support of a recently passed bill regarding the debt ceiling crisis, called the "Limit, Save, and Grow Act." That was the bill that caught the White House off guard, and forced it to come to the negotiating table.

Other Twitter users who support the bill echoed messages like "hold the line."

Only time will tell how the crisis plays out, but neither side, especially the White House, can afford to take even part of the blame for an inevitable new collapse of the American economy should there be no resolution before time is up.

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