White House signals what’s actually on the table in debt ceiling negotiations

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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre suggested Tuesday that President Joe Biden is considering a range of concessions to push Republicans toward a debt ceiling solution but claimed that the president would not support any proposals that restrict healthcare access.

Jean-Pierre faced a barrage of questions on the topic Tuesday, just minutes before Biden hosted an Oval Office meeting with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Reporting in recent days claimed that the Biden team was discussing increased work requirements for some benefit programs, spending caps for federally requested discretionary funds, and permitting reform as bargaining chips.


“As the president said on Sunday, he will not accept proposals that take away people’s healthcare coverage, so that is incredibly important to the president, and he’s been very consistent about that as he’s been, we’ve been having conversations with Republicans,” Jean-Pierre told reporters. “When you think about the work requirements, that’s something he voted for back in the 1990s, so it’s been around for some time. Clearly, there are programs already that have work requirements and still have that because of the law today. So I just want to make that really clear.”

Later in the briefing, Jean-Pierre declined to specifically address some of the concessions that have angered liberal supporters of the president.

“I’m going to be very careful. I’m not going to negotiate from the podium,” she responded. “This is a president who has been around the block a few times, right? When you think about negotiations, he knows how to make deals. He knows how this works, and there’s no one with more experience in knowing how to get this done.


“The president understands how to get through these negotiations, how to bring people to the table, and that’s what you’re going to continue to see from this president,” she concluded.

You can watch Tuesday’s briefing in full below.

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