(PartiallyPolitics.com) On Sunday a meeting between President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will take place as the two men are set to discuss the debt ceiling increase that the Democrats are pushing from.
Currently, the White House is trying to ensure that the country will not default on its debt in June, having already hit the debt ceiling in January. However, Republicans have so far refused to agree to a debt ceiling increase unless it is also accompanied by extensive spending cuts. The Biden administration has said that they were not willing to negotiate on the debt ceiling increase.
During Biden’s time in office, McCarthy and Biden have not frequently had meetings in the White House. However, with McCarthy officially becoming the House Speaker following a 15-round vote, the two men are now bound to lead the discussions for the debt ceiling increase. Both the White House and McCarthy have been increasingly critical of each other, especially as the GOP is preparing to launch a number of investigations into Biden, his family, and his business dealings.
The meeting on Wednesday is set to mark the start of the one-on-one working relationship between the two men, as the GOP will have control of the House for the next two years. It will also showcase whether the two men can find some common ground and potentially form a partnership for Biden’s second half of his term.
Jim Manley, a former aide to the late Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), has noted that one of the problems is that the two men don’t already have a relationship and are looking at the other for the first move. As such, it remains to be seen how the meeting and cooperation will play out.
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