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( – At a press conference following a meeting with congressional leaders about the negotiations, a reporter asked Biden about his apparent refusal to agree to spending cuts.

“Speaker McCarthy said that he asked you numerous times if there was anywhere in the federal budget for cuts, but he did not get an answer. So is there anywhere —” the reporter asked before Biden interrupted him.

“He got a specific answer. He got a specific answer again today,” the president interjected.

“Which is what?” the reporter followed up.

“Well, you didn’t listen either. So why should I even answer the question?” Biden snapped. “We cut the deficit by $160 billion — billion — B-I-L-L-I-O-N — dollars on the Medicare deal. We cut the deficit by raising the tax on people making — 55 corporations that made $40 billion to — 15 percent. And the list goes on.”

Biden went on to imply the problem with Republicans is they are demanding general, not specific, spending cuts.

But that’s not true. House Republicans passed a bill last month with very specific spending cuts, including taking back unused pandemic relief money, cutting IRS spending, and repealing expensive tax credits. The bill also caps future federal discretionary spending.

It’s also not true that Biden has cut the deficit. CNN reported in March:

Biden has repeatedly taken credit for reducing the deficit in 2021 and 2022 even though experts have said that the vast majority of this reduction occurred simply because emergency Covid-19 pandemic spending from 2020 expired as planned – and that Biden’s own initiatives made the deficits higher than they otherwise would be.

Meanwhile, Biden also said on Tuesday that he is open to using the 14th Amendment to circumvent the debt ceiling. It’s not clear, however, if the legal theory is constitutional.

McCarthy said he would be opposed to Biden using the 14th amendment to lift the debt limit.


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