Manchin: It’s a mistake to ‘not negotiate’ with Republicans on debt ceiling


Sen. Joe Manchin on Sunday said it’s a “mistake” that the Biden administration won’t negotiate with Republicans on the debt ceiling limit.

“This is a — this is a democracy that we have. We have a two-party system,” Manchin (D-W.Va.) said, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And we should be able to talk and find out where our differences are. And if they are irreconcilable, then you have to move on from there and let the people make their decisions.”

President Joe Biden said Friday that he would speak with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy about the debt ceiling, but stated that if “we don’t meet our national debt and renege for the first time, we have a calamity that exceeds anything that’s ever happened financially in the United States.” And White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said raising the debt ceiling was too important to be haggled over. “Congress has always done it, and the president expects them to do their duty once again,” she said. “That is not negotiable.”

No date has been set for the Biden-McCarthy meeting.


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