Headline RoundupMarch 28th, 2023

Biden and McCarthy Accuse Each Other of Threatening Economy as Debt Ceiling Standoff Continues

Summary from the AllSides News Team

The White House rebuffed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy after he released a letter calling for more robust negotiations on spending cuts and the debt ceiling. Each accused the other of putting the U.S. economy in jeopardy. 

Key Quotes: Addressing President Joe Biden, McCarthy wrote that he was “incredibly concerned that you are putting an already fragile economy in jeopardy by insisting upon your extreme position of refusing to negotiate any meaningful changes to out of control government spending.” In response, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said, “It’s time for Republicans to stop playing games, pass a clean debt ceiling bill, and quit threatening our economic recovery,” pointing to previous congressional votes to raise the debt limit “without conditions.”

For Context: Because deficit spending keeps expanding the national debt, Congress has periodically raised or suspended its debt limit over 100 times since WWII to keep paying the government’s bills. Today, House Republicans are using their new majority to demand spending cuts as a prerequisite for raising the debt ceiling. However, the Biden administration is refusing to budge, pointing to the danger of a debt default and Congress’ past approval of debt ceiling increases. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage was common in major news outlets across the spectrum Tuesday afternoon. However, more niche outlets like Vice (Left bias) and The Daily Wire (Right bias) did not immediately appear to cover the story. Coverage tended to prominently feature McCarthy’s comments regardless of bias rating. 

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