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Democrats, worried about a Biden-McCarthy deal, push a backup plan to avoid default

Posted on AllSides May 19th, 2023
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Politics, Debt Ceiling, US Senate, Senate Democrats
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Some Democrats on Capitol Hill are growing increasingly worried that President Biden will give into too many demands from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy in continuing talks over a deal to avoid a historic debt default.

After a second White House meeting earlier this week, and staff talks in the last couple of days, Biden and McCarthy both expressed optimism that a deal could get done.

"I see the path that we could come to an agreement. And I think we have a structure now and everybody's working hard," McCarthy told reporters Thursday morning....

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