House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries said Tuesday that “MAGA Republicans” are trying to “collapse” the U.S. economy through debt ceiling negotiations because doing so is in their political interests. suggested.
”Right now, our focus is on making sure we avoid catastrophic defaults and prevent extreme MAGA Republicans from causing an economy-collapsed, job-destroying recession, but many of them To this day, we clearly want to. They believe it will be of political interest in 2024,” a New York Democratic lawmaker told reporters Tuesday as Republicans and Democrats continued to debate raising the capitol debt ceiling.
“This is incredibly irresponsible, unpatriotic, and un-American. I appreciate President Biden’s leadership and dedication to protecting the American economy.”
Jeffries responded to a question about whether Democrats would step in and support a vote to remove McCarthy if conservatives tried to vote to remove him from office.
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Jeffries’ office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital about which Republican lawmakers he believes are deliberately trying to disrupt the economy for political gain. I didn’t.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is trying to garner Republican support for a deal with President Biden, but House Liberties, including Rep. Chip Roy, said the deal violated the deal, not a meaningful cut. It faces strong opposition from conservatives in Congress. An agreement was reached between Mr. McCarthy and his caucus members to secure his speaking position.
“Not a good deal,” Roy tweeted on Tuesday. “We have about $4 trillion in debt with a two-year spending freeze at most, and no real policy reforms.”
McCarthy: “I’m going to discuss this bill with everyone.” said on the weekend. “Was it all I wanted? No, because we’re not in control of everything. But this is the biggest withdrawal in history. Congress has ever voted in that process.” It’s the biggest reduction of all.”
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The deal between Biden and McCarthy would keep non-defence spending roughly flat in fiscal 2024 and increase it by 1% the following year, as well as raising the debt ceiling for two years.
The deal would also cancel nearly $30 billion in unspent coronavirus relief that Congress had approved in previous bills, but it would also cut costs for veterans’ medical care, housing assistance, Indian health services, and next-generation human resources. An exception is about $5 billion for programs focused on rapid growth of COVID-19 vaccine and treatment.
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McCarthy said the House will vote on the bill on Wednesday night, giving the Senate time to consider it by June 5 (election day). Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen He said the U.S. could default on its debt if lawmakers don’t act in time.
The House Rules Committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon to prepare the debt ceiling bill for debate in the House on Wednesday.
Republicans and Democrats have been arguing in recent days, blaming each other for the deadlock on the debt ceiling.
“It’s clear who to blame here – the Radical Republican Party that controls Kevin McCarthy. So they’re the ones who got the 17 votes to elect him president. They are.” holding the country hostagesaid Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton. “We didn’t like Donald Trump, and we didn’t like his tax cuts. Because that’s what’s right for the country.”
Asked if Americans feel the same way, Moulton said, “I hope they feel that way, because it’s true.”
Rep. Derrick Van Oden (R-Wisconsin) said in a speech, “President Biden waited 97 days to talk to Kevin McCarthy about this debt ceiling issue, so if anything goes wrong, this 100% Biden and Schumer shutdown.” US Capitol. Asked if he thinks Americans would feel the same way, he added: “If more media outlets were as honest as you were and told the truth, they would.”
Fox News’ Patrick Hauff contributed to this report