Almost agree on other parts… Tense tug-of-war over working conditions continues
[워싱턴=AP/뉴시스]Ahead of Memorial Day (the 29th, the last Monday in May), the doors to the US House of Representatives conference room where lawmakers left are closed on the 26th. US President Joe Biden said on the 26th (local time) that a deal on the looming debt crisis is “very close.” But work requirements for federal food aid recipients have emerged as a final stumbling block. 2023.05.27.
President Biden’s optimism comes as the potentially catastrophic default deadline has been postponed to June 5, and negotiations between the White House and the Republican Party over a debt ceiling increase are likely to continue for another week. Both sides said tougher work requirements for recipients of food stamps and other federal aid programs were a major factor blocking a deal. This is a long-standing Republican goal, but Democrats have vehemently opposed it.
Despite almost reaching an agreement on other parts of the settlement, the two sides are continuing a tug-of-war without concessions over this issue. White House spokesman Andrew Bates made it clear that President Biden and the Democratic Party would oppose it, saying that the Republican proposal was “cruel and meaningless.”
One of the Republican negotiators, Congressman Garrett Graves, was asked if the Republicans could make concessions on the issue, stressing that “there is absolutely no chance”.
Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen pushed back the deadline for default on U.S. debt by four days from one day to June 5. Nevertheless, anxiety continues, but President Biden said, “A deal is very imminent. I am optimistic.”
The White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the Republican, appear to be narrowing their opinions on a two-year budget cut agreement that would extend the debt ceiling until 2025, after next year’s presidential election. But discussions about work requirements for Medicaid, food stamps and other assistance program recipients are believed to have stopped on the afternoon of the 26th.
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