As House Republicans are teeing up a vote this week on a debt ceiling plan that includes $4.5 trillion in spending cuts, some Democrats in Congress are calling on President Joe Biden to restart negotiations with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., at least on the federal budget.
“He should negotiate on the budget. That is the place to negotiate, and they should start those negotiations now,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Not using the American people and their mortgages as hostage because right now, you’ve gotta simply make clear, we’re gonna avoid default and get this behind us.”
“We pay our bills,” Klobuchar added, specifying that budget negotiations should be separate from raising the debt ceiling.
McCarthy has criticized Biden for refusing discussions on raising the debt ceiling and cuts in the federal budget.
“For more than 80 days it’s been since I sat down with the president on Feb. 1 to negotiate, to work through this, and he’s ignored it,” McCarthy said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
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