Biden-McCarthy Meeting Over Debt Ceiling Ends with No Agreement

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In a critical development concerning the US economy, President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy met on Monday to discuss the impending deadline to raise the country's debt ceiling. The meeting, which took place less than two weeks before the June 1 deadline, aimed to reach a compromise and prevent a disastrous default. However, no agreement was reached, heightening anxiety in Washington.

President Biden, who returned from the G7 summit in Japan, expressed his frustration with the latest demands from Republicans. Their insistence on spending cuts as a condition for raising the government's borrowing authority was deemed "frankly unacceptable" by Biden. In a tweet, he stated his opposition to cutting social and health care assistance, emphasizing the need to protect the health care of millions of Americans.

Following the phone call between Biden and McCarthy, the two leaders agreed to meet face-to-face to continue the discussions. McCarthy, while stating that his position remained unchanged, suggested that the conversation had been productive. However, the divergent views between the two sides remain a significant obstacle to reaching a resolution.

The US Treasury has set a hard deadline of June 1 for Congress to authorize additional borrowing, as failure to do so could lead to a default on the country's debt. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen expressed concern that the chances of meeting all financial obligations beyond June 15 were low. Biden, exploring alternative options, mentioned the possibility of invoking a constitutional clause in the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling without congressional approval.

The debt ceiling issue has become a contentious matter, with Republicans leveraging the threat of default to push for spending cuts. Biden has proposed a combination of spending reductions and tax increases on the wealthiest individuals and corporations. However, Republicans vehemently reject any tax hikes, further complicating the negotiations.

As the deadline looms and with the potential economic repercussions of a default becoming increasingly apparent, the pressure is mounting for both sides to find common ground and avert a crisis that could have global ramifications.

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