From a Left-leaning perspective:
In the latest development of the debt ceiling drama, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are working relentlessly to secure votes. Having successfully brokered a deal to prevent an unprecedented national debt default, both leaders are now facing the considerable challenge of persuading their respective allies to support it.
Their confidence remained undeterred over the Memorial Day weekend, even after unveiling an agreement to raise the debt ceiling through 2025, which was reached following exhaustive negotiations and concessions to Republican requests, including spending limits. With less than a week to marshal the necessary votes, Biden and McCarthy must carefully present their victories without inadvertently sabotaging support for the pact, whose details were released Sunday. The first vote, taken by a pivotal House committee, will be on Tuesday.
I would vote against the debt ceiling deal. We need to think on the timescales of history, not 2-year election cycles. We should stand for principles, not incrementalism or window-dressing. I won’t apologize for that. pic.twitter.com/lIUnkwJ1mN
— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) May 29, 2023
White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt addressed initial criticism from progressive Democrats on MSNBC, noting that the budget would indeed look different under a unified Democratic government, but reminding viewers of the current reality of a divided Congress. When asked about potential difficulties in the Rules Committee vote on CNN, LaBolt deferred to Speaker McCarthy’s capacity to gather Republican support to advance the measure.
— Joe Dan Gorman (@JoeDanMedia) May 29, 2023
Even during the Congressional recess, discord among legislators reverberated in Washington. Some staunch conservatives expressed disappointment in the bill’s failure to deliver the significant spending cuts they desired. On the other hand, liberal Democrats voiced discomfort with the concessions Biden made on safety net programs. Despite these qualms, Former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called on his colleagues to vote in favor of the bill to thwart potentially disastrous Republican-driven default plans that could cause severe economic ramifications for all Americans.
DeSantis on @SpeakerMcCarthy's debt ceiling offer: "Prior to this deal, Kayleigh, our country was careening towards bankruptcy. And after this deal, our country will still be careening towards bankruptcy" pic.twitter.com/KAoY2eNesS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) May 29, 2023
From a Right-leaning perspective:
As the next chapter unfolds in the saga of the debt ceiling, President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy are racing against the clock to rally support. Having averted a historic default on the nation’s debt through a negotiated agreement, they now face the task of gaining approval from their party members.
It sounds like the Republicans are going to hold the line and ‘Vote No’ on the debt ceiling deal! pic.twitter.com/VyvNAlp4Ww
— Gary D (@KMGGaryde) May 28, 2023
Maintaining optimism over the weekend, they unveiled an agreement struck late Saturday that secures a raise in the debt ceiling through 2025 in return for spending restrictions and other GOP-sought provisions. They now have a limited window to gather the votes needed to pass the legislation through a divided Congress. The agreement’s details, released Sunday, must be presented in a way that highlights victories without risking the loss of support. The first hurdle to be crossed is a crucial vote by a House committee this coming Tuesday.
Rand Paul lets us know what he thinks of Kevin McCarthy's debt ceiling "deal" with sleepy Joe: "Fake conservatives agree to fake spending cuts." pic.twitter.com/YuHCD72O4e
— Nashville Tea Party (@NashvilleTea) May 29, 2023
When White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt was pressed on MSNBC about criticism from some progressive lawmakers, he highlighted that the budget would look different if all branches of government were Democrat-controlled, but emphasized the need to navigate the existing divided government. Concerns about the Rules Committee vote raised on CNN were passed on to Speaker McCarthy to secure Republican backing.
Even during the Memorial Day recess, lawmakers aired their grievances, with conservative hardliners feeling the bill didn’t deliver the level of spending cuts they desired. Meanwhile, liberal Democrats expressed unease over concessions made by Biden on social safety programs. Despite these reservations, current House Speaker Kevin McCarthy remained optimistic about delivering significant changes, pointing out the agreement’s responsible approach to debt limitation and its countermeasure against Democrats’ alleged reckless spending. The agreement, according to him, also effectively redirects unspent COVID funds and blocks Biden’s proposed tax increases.
Want to know more?
- DEBT DEAL: The New Democrat Coalition leadership backs the debt ceiling deal reached between Republicans and President Joe Biden, the group stated in a tweet Monday. – Newsmax
- House Freedom Caucus Republicans are voicing their dissatisfaction with the debt ceiling agreement, calling the deal “insanity”. I blame Kevin McCarthy and all of the establishment Republicans that endorsed him. – Trending Politics
- Rep. Chip Roy finds it hard to choke down Biden-McCarthy ‘turd-sandwich’ debt ceiling deal – American Wire
- Bottom line: SpeakerMcCarthy caved to a man with dementia & can’t string 2 sentences together. If the can’t get a conservative agenda passed, it’s time to clean house. The Democrats get more done with a minority than the GOP with a majority. – Politico
- DeSantis blasts McCarthy debt deal as inadequate when country ‘careening towards bankruptcy’ | Just The News – Just The News
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— The Babylon Bee (@TheBabylonBee) May 28, 2023