: McCarthy says he’s optimistic about ‘common ground’ with Biden on debt limit

by | Feb 1, 2023 | Stock Market

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday said he was optimistic about finding “common ground” with President Joe Biden over the U.S. debt ceiling, but refused to discuss specific budget cuts he is seeking in exchange for raising the borrowing limit. “I can see where we can find common ground,” McCarthy told reporters outside the White House, where he met for about 90 minutes with Biden.

Biden has said that the U.S. debt limit should be raised without condition, while McCarthy and his fellow Republicans want to cut spending in exchange for increasing the borrowing limit. Prior to the meeting at the White House, Biden was expected to press California Republican McCarthy to commit to avoiding default by the U.S. The president also demanded details of spending cuts sought by Republicans. McCarthy did not answer directly when asked by a reporter about avoiding default. In a statement late Wednesday, the White House said “President Biden made clear that, as every other leader of both parties and Congress has affirmed, it is their shared duty not to allow an unprecedented and economically catastrophic default” adding that doing so is “not negotiable or conditional.” Ed Mills, Washington policy analyst for Raymond James, said in a note before the meeting that any deal is …

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