Staff-Level Talks Progressing Productively
Originally, a meeting was planned for Friday but was canceled to allow staff-level discussions to proceed. Jean-Pierre reported that these talks, which began on Tuesday, have been productive and are moving in the right direction. She refrained from providing specific details.
Biden-McCarthy Aides Discuss Federal Spending Limitations
Aides for both Biden and McCarthy have initiated conversations on limiting federal spending. This comes as the discussions surrounding the increase of the government's $31.4 trillion debt ceiling advance to prevent a disastrous default, as per Reuters.
Treasury Department's Deadline and G7 Summit
The Treasury Department has warned that it may exhaust its funds by June 1 if the nation's debt ceiling isn't raised. Biden is expected to attend the G7 summit next week. Though initially stating he could cancel the trip if necessary, Jean-Pierre confirmed that Biden will attend the summit.
Biden's Fiscal 2024 Budget Request and Republican Opposition
Biden's fiscal 2024 budget request relies on tax increases to reduce deficits, proposing a 5% increase in discretionary spending for next year. This creates a gap of over $200 billion with House Republicans, who want to decrease agency budgets by an average of 8% while increasing defense and veterans spending, leading to deeper cuts for other programs.