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Biden, McCarthy turn to selling debt ceiling deal to restive Congress

By Marianna Sotomayor

29 May 2023 · 8 min read

informed Summary

  1. The deal struck by President Biden and House Speaker McCarthy would lift the debt limit for two years until Jan. 1, 2025 - or until after the presidential election.

WASHINGTON - The day after announcing a bipartisan compromise to raise the debt ceiling, White House aides and House Republican leaders on Sunday turned to selling the agreement, with just days to pass the measure through both chambers of a factionalized and deeply divided Congress.

In conference calls with lawmakers throughout the day, surrogates for both President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) argued that the deal represented major victories for their respective parties that needed to be swiftly signed into law. Biden and McCarthy also publicly defended the agreement, while acknowledging that both sides made sacrifices to get a deal done.

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