McCarthy Pushes Biden To Negotiate on Spending, Debt Limit

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( – Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is trying to push President Joe Biden to engage in talks about a fiscal reforms package in exchange for a debt limit boost. However, the Democrats are refusing to discuss with McCarthy despite his attempts to start negotiations by introducing his initial spending reform ideas, according to The Hill.

In a letter sent to Biden, McCarthy advocated for slashing non defense discretionary spending, and for a redirection of the unspent relief dollars. He is also calling for policies that would help bring down energy costs and would boost work demands for social programs while also securing the U.S.-Mexico border and reducing the transportation of unlawful drugs.

McCarthy has accused Biden of risking the economy of the nation by not addressing the massive debt. In his letter, he wrote that he is “incredibly concerned” about the economy following the President’s refusal to negotiate in order to bring forth any sort of meaningful change.

On March 28, McCarthy also noted that he was losing his faith that they might be able to come to an agreement with the White House, which has been ignoring his attempts to push for reductions in spending and instead released a budget proposal that would call for $5 trillion in tax hikes.

McCarthy has said that his concerns increase because Biden is refusing to negotiate or meet with anyone in regard to the debt ceiling. Democrats have stated that they will not take up negotiations with McCarthy until he can prove that he has the support to push through a fiscal reforms package.

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