: Debt-ceiling talks: As Biden and McCarthy plan to meet today, deal seen needed by Friday

by | May 22, 2023 | Stock Market

As President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy prepare to meet Monday evening over raising the U.S. debt ceiling and avoiding a market-shaking default, it’s really getting to be crunch time. “We need to see a deal by Friday to have confidence that it can clear bothchambers before the June 1 deadline,” Height Capital Markets analysts said in a note.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen warned in a letter after the market’s close on Monday that it’s “highly likely that Treasury will no longer be able to satisfy all of the government’s obligations if Congress has not acted to raise or suspend the debt limit by early June, and potentially as early as June 1.” That echoed warnings that she offered last week and May 1. McCarthy and his fellow Republicans have been seeking spending cuts in exchange for lifting the ceiling for federal borrowing, while Biden and his fellow Democrats reportedly have offered a freeze for outlays and asked for tax hikes. McCarthy, a California Republican, told reporters on Capitol Hill on Monday that a deal needs to happen this week. He said it’s “still possible” to get an agreement through Congress by June 1. Biden and McCarthy spoke by phone Sunday as the president was flying back to Washington, D.C., on Air Force One after the G-7 summit in Japan. Their representatives also met for two and a half hours on Sunday, as talks appear to be narrowing on a spending cap for the 2024 budget year. The White House said the time for the meeting between Biden and McCarthy would be 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Read more: Debt-ceiling standoff: Here’s what could go into a biparti …

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