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Ongoing Negotiations between Biden Administration and House Republicans over Federal Spending and Debt Ceiling

Negotiations between the Biden administration and House Republicans over federal spending and the debt ceiling are still ongoing, according to the President's press secretary. The two sides have been meeting at the White House after talks on Capitol Hill failed to yield a deal.[0] While there was guarded optimism that a compromise could be reached, talks stalled on Saturday, with both sides expressing frustration.[1] Spending cuts and caps remain key sticking points, with Republicans pushing for clawbacks on unspent COVID-19 relief funding and work requirements for social programs, while Democrats have argued against fencing off defense programs from cuts.[1]

Earlier this year, President Biden had insisted that his administration would not negotiate over the debt ceiling, but after the deadline was set for June 1, his administration began negotiating on federal spending.[0] The Senate is currently in recess, but Senators have been told to remain on standby and be prepared to return to Washington quickly in case a deal is reached.[2]

The pressure is on to reach a deal, with the terms needing to be drafted into legislative language, considered in the House for 72 hours, and then voted on before heading to the Senate.[2] Alternatives to a deal include passing a short-term extension to buy more time or using a procedural mechanism to bring a “clean” debt limit bill to the floor.[2]

However, some experts believe that a grand compromise may be difficult to achieve in the current political climate. Neil Bradley, the executive vice president and chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, stated, “They're gonna have to delay the deadline.[3] They may need a short-term, stop-gap way of extending the debt ceiling to buy them more time to talk.”[3]

Overall, negotiations between the Biden administration and House Republicans over federal spending and the debt ceiling remain ongoing, with both sides facing pressure to reach a deal before the deadline.

0. “GOP and White House talks continue as debt ceiling deadline approaches” NBC News, 24 May. 2023, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/live-blog/debt-ceiling-live-updates-gop-negotiators-visit-white-house-rcna86021

1. “Look Ahead to the Week of May 22: The Debt Limit Deadline Looms” JD Supra, 22 May. 2023, https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/look-ahead-to-the-week-of-may-22-the-1296737

2. “Stephen Boyd: THE MONDAY BRIEF | May 22, 2023” Alabama Daily News, 22 May. 2023, https://aldailynews.com/stephen-boyd-the-monday-brief-may-22-2023/

3. “CBS’ MacFarlane: ‘Overly Ambitious’ for Debt Ceiling Talks to End by June 1” wkok.com, 24 May. 2023, https://www.wkok.com/608597-2/