Progressive Democrat says there will be anger ‘in the STREETS’ if demands aren’t met with nine days until default
The White House and Speaker Kevin McCarthy called it quits on debt ceiling negotiations on Tuesday – eight days before potential default with no deal in sight.
White House negotiators Steve Ricchetti and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young spent two hours on Capitol Hill before leaving around 1:30 p.m.
And as the White House is facing growing pressure to invoke the 14th Amendment, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre threw cold water on the idea.
‘It is not going to fix the current problem that we have right now,’ she told reporters.
Rep. James Clyburn, former Democratic whip and a close ally of Biden, said on MSNBC Tuesday:
‘The 14th Amendment is still there and, as president of the United States, [Biden] has some authority to use it.’
His pointed suggestion comes after a growing swell of Democrats in the House and Senate are urging Biden to give up on negotiations all together and invoke the 14th Amendment, which says, in part, that the ‘validity’ of the public debt ‘shall not be questioned.’
‘I don’t think we’ll get one today,’ McCarthy told reporters of a deal to increase the nation’s borrowing limit.
Meanwhile, the left and the right are further digging with their demands and urging leadership not to negotiate.
‘I think there would be a huge Democratic backlash within our caucus, certainly with the progressives, but also, in the streets,’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., chair of the Progressive Caucus, said of President Biden potentially accepting spending cuts or work requirements for welfare programs.
‘It’s important that we don’t take steps back from the very strong agenda that the president himself shepherded.’
Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., a lead negotiator for the House GOP, said of Jayapal’s remarks: ‘I have never in my life met a person who says that the government runs efficiently and we can’t find ways to cut funding. I’ve never, so I’m not sure what streets she’s talking about, but that’s fascinating.’
‘I Want To Know What’s Happening’: Reporter Presses KJP On Debt Ceiling Negotiations With Republicans
A White House reporter pressed White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on disclosing details about President Joe Biden’s negotiations with Republicans on the debt ceiling.
Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy have yet to reach a deal on raising the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling which is expected to reach default on June 1. The White House has condemned House Republicans’ 320-page debt ceiling proposal intending to cut federal spending by approximately $130 billion.
“Do you mean to tell us that in the discussions between the president and the speaker, and in the discussions between the two negotiating teams, they are only discussing federal discretionary spending and that they are not at all discussing the terms under which the debt ceiling would be raised?” he asked.
“What I can tell you is what you’ve heard from the president and what you’ve heard from both sides, which has been the negotiation has certainly been about the budget,” Jean-Pierre said. “You’ve heard them talk about the budget, you’ve heard them talk about how we’re moving forward and that in this particular moment that we’re in they’ve been productive. The president has held the line and has been very clear that when it comes to the debt limit, it should be done without negotiations, without condition. That’s something that the president has said in front of all of you.”
“They’re not talking about the debt ceiling, about how long it will be raised, by how much. That’s not a subject of discussion?” the reporter interjected.
“I am telling you what the president has said to all of you,” she answered.
“I know what he said. I follow it very closely, everyday,” he shot back. “I want to know what’s happening in that room.”
The press secretary reiterated the president’s view of the debt ceiling being non-negotiable. The reporter questioned whether Biden is “living up” to negotiations in his several discussions with McCarthy and other Republican leaders.
The Atlantic, TRIGGERED by Elon Musk’s commitment to free speech, falsely accuses platform of being far-right
The Atlantic really hates that Twitter isn’t a progressive playground anymore. They hate that leftist journalists don’t hold sway with Twitter execs anymore. They can no longer convince them to suspend, lock or banish accounts who offer views they don’t agree with.
They hate that officials from Biden’s federal government can’t push propaganda like it’s fact through Twitter back channels. And most of all they hate that Elon Musk dedication to a free speech platform makes Twitter a more open, more robust space for discourse and ideas.
The left used to be all about free speech, they held it up like a beacon, saying things like “I deplore your views, but I respect your right to have them.” The days of ope-minded leftist discourse is gone, and it’s been replaced with ideologues thinking and tweeting in lock-step, terrified that anyone will ask them simple questions they can’t answer like “what is a woman,” or “why can’t minors get tattoos but they can get sex changes.”
Twitter “is now a right-wing social network,” writes Charlie Warzel in The Atlantic, claiming that owner Elon Musk is “a far-right activist.” Musk’s greatest crime here, however, is asking questions, not believing what he’s been told by the political power elite, and taking a stand against partisan hegemony on the world’s best social media platform.
Musk has made free speech a priority, but to a progressive left that values compliance and conformity over freedom and liberty, free speech is a threat they cannot abide, and so they must slur anyone who holds it as a guiding principle. Instead of recognizing that the platform under previous management had skewed so far left that any correction to the center looked like a conservative pivot, The Atlantic has determined that all Republicans and conservatives are far-right, including presidential candidates.
“Anything and anyone these people can’t control and censor gets called ‘right-wing’ (or ‘a Russian agent’).
“They’re dealing with their collapsed relevance and the contempt the public has for them quite poorly: by lashing out like shrieking hysterics as their ship sinks,” Glenn Greenwald said.