Debt ceiling talks between the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's office have hit a snag, with negotiators having put a pause on the talks. Negotiators met briefly in the Capitol on Friday before breaking up, and as of right now, there are no more meetings scheduled for the day. This setback dashes hopes that there could be a deal in principle by this weekend.
GOP Rep. Garret Graves, who is leading negotiations for House Republicans, said on Friday that they decided to press pause because it was not productive. A White House official has acknowledged that a snag has occurred without indicating that either side has walked away from the table, as negotiations between the two parties have stalled.
The White House's negotiators include budget chief Shalanda Young, congressional liaison Louisa Terrell and top adviser Steve Ricchetti. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has tweeted backup for the House GOP perspective, saying that it is past time for the White House to get serious.
Both parties have acknowledged the difficulty of the negotiations: with a Democratic Party mostly resistant to the GOP's demand for steep spending cuts and work requirements for social programs; and a Republican push for energy permitting reform.
Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA) has said that Republicans will “press pause” talks with Biden Whitehouse on debt ceiling negotiations. Graves has been tapped as one of leading negotiators with The Whitehouse administration accusing them of not negotiating in good faith.
The snag in these negotiations follows President Joe Biden leaving Japan for G-7 world leader conference leaving Vice President Kamala Harris being briefed about continuing debt ceiling talks.
Rep Garrett Graves ,the top negotiator remarks came during an interview last week where he mentioned "just not productive" dialogue between President Joe Biden & house speaker Kevin Mccarthy . The situation at hand is bit hard to digest as on one hand The White House is claiming that talks are progressing steadily.
The pause in debt ceiling negotiations between the White House and House Republicans raises concerns about the possible consequences if an agreement is not reached soon. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has projected that the United States could default on its debts “as early as June 1” without congressional approval to raise the nation’s debt limit if an agreement is not reached by early June.
Earlier this week, President Biden met with congressional leaders to try to break the impasse and emerged from the meeting optimistic that they would reach an agreement before June 1 deadline. The limit is a cap on total amount of money U.S authorized to borrow for funding government & fulfilling financial obligations.
Democrats and Republicans have agreed that extended breach of nations borrowing limit could wipe out more than 8 million jobs causing severe economic damage.