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Radical left congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) warned that the far-left base will take to the streets if Joe Biden agrees to cutting government spending as a condition of raising the debt ceiling.
“I think there would be a huge backlash from our entire House Democratic caucus, progressives, but also in the streets,” Jayapal told CNN on Tuesday.
“I think that this is…it’s important that we don’t take steps back from the very strong agenda that the president himself has shepherded and led over the last two years.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: There will be "a huge backlash…in the streets" if the White House agrees to spending cuts. pic.twitter.com/W0kgsN0EAz— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) May 23, 2023
As the Democrats have shown with the Kavanaugh hearings, the overturning of Roe v Wade, “trans” protests, and the George Floyd riots and other race-based protests, the radical base is easily mobilized when directed by their political handlers in D.C.
The Biden administration and House Republicans led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) have been engaging in debt ceiling negotiations over the last couple of weeks as the June 1 deadline looms.
McCarthy explained that Republicans are unwilling to raise the debt ceiling if the Biden administration won’t agree to some spending cuts.
The talks have so far failed to meaningfully progress.
“The problem is we’re spending more than at almost any time in modern history. So it’s a spending problem. We should pull back money that’s been wasted,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
I've been very clear with the president since Day 1: We're not raising taxes. The problem is Washington spends too much. pic.twitter.com/g3gldvBpN7— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) May 23, 2023
Biden said he’s looking for a “path forward” and insisted that “default is off the table.”
“We reiterated once again that default is off the table, and the only way to move forward is in good faith toward a bipartisan agreement,” Biden said. “While there are areas of disagreement, the speaker and I, and his lead negotiators Chairman McHenry and Congressman Graves, and our staffs will continue to discuss the path forward.”
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