Biden Celebrates Debt Limit Deal in Landmark Oval Office Address

Biden Celebrates Debt Limit in his first Oval Office address, President Biden hailed the bipartisan passage of an agreement suspending the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling.”This crucial legislation ensures the nation avoids a historic U.S. default and protects economic progress.

Biden stressed the importance of the legislation, saying, “No one got everything they wanted, but the American people got what they needed. We avoided an economic crisis, a collapse.” He highlighted the severe consequences of default: recession, devastation of retirement accounts, and an estimated 8 million job losses. He warned that America would have severely damaged its reputation as a trustworthy financial partner.

Biden acknowledged the collaboration between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) and his team, as well as his own advisers, praising their honesty and straightforwardness in the negotiations. Both sides fulfilled their commitments, according to the president.

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In his first major Oval Office address, President Biden celebrated the passage of a bipartisan agreement suspending the $31.4 trillion debt ceiling. The agreement ensures the nation narrowly avoids an unprecedented U.S. default and safeguards the country’s economic progress.

Simultaneously, the president’s address coincided with the Labor Department’s release of a stronger-than-expected jobs report for May.

The report showed a strong job market, adding 339,000 jobs despite rising rates and high inflation. However, the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.7%, nearing a historic low.

Some liberals opposed the debt-limit legislation, but Biden emphasized bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, exceeding expectations. Although certain provisions raised concerns among Democrats, Biden and party leaders considered the compromise valuable.

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Now that the debt limit issue is resolved, Biden will promote his economic message across the country. He will emphasize opportunities for middle-income workers and the revival of U.S. manufacturing. While addressing the federal deficit and spending control, Biden remains committed to increasing tax revenue from the wealthiest Americans.

Democrats said the agreement protected Biden’s agenda, including the Inflation Reduction Act and Medicare and Social Security safeguards. Senator Schumer stated, “We saved the country from default,” highlighting more Democrats supporting the deal in the Senate than Republicans.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) celebrated the deal on Twitter, stating, “Ending the era of the omnibus & getting Washington back to work!” He expressed optimism that the agreement would allow Congress to consider individual spending bills.

Yet, some Republicans expressed dissatisfaction with the bill. Senator John Barrasso (R., Wyo.), a member of GOP leadership, voiced his concern, asserting that the legislation “does not do enough to match the seriousness of the moment and the dangerous debt crisis our country is facing.”

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The Fiscal Responsibility Act, as the bill is named, suspends the debt ceiling until Jan. 1, 2025, pushing the issue beyond the 2024 elections. It also includes cuts in unspecified domestic programs and a 3% cap on increases for military spending in fiscal 2024. Additionally, the legislation provides funding for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, ends the freeze on student-loan payments, expedites large-scale energy and infrastructure projects, and increases the age at which able-bodied, low-income adults without dependents must work to receive food aid to 54. In conclusion, President Biden celebrates the debt limit as he hails the bipartisan passage of the agreement.

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