The White House press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, has sparked outrage among Republicans after she blamed House Republicans for failing to raise the debt limit to avoid default.
In a press briefing on Thursday, Jean-Pierre made it clear that the administration would not negotiate on this issue and called on Republicans to take action.
House Republicans passed a bill on Wednesday to raise the debt limit to avoid default. However, just one day later, Jean-Pierre slammed House Republicans for not avoiding default and failing to do their constitutional duty. She turned a blind eye to the bill passed by Republicans, which aimed to prevent default.
When questioned by reporters, Jean-Pierre remained firm in her stance, insisting that Republicans needed to deal with what was at stake and make sure that the country did not default. She also made it clear that President Joe Biden would not meet with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to discuss the Speaker’s bill to raise the debt limit.
This move by the White House is sure to spark fury among Republicans, who may accuse Jean-Pierre of playing politics with the debt limit. Many Republicans have already argued that it is the responsibility of the administration to work with Congress to raise the debt limit and avoid a default.
Despite the growing tension between the White House and House Republicans, there are some who believe that a compromise can still be reached. Some lawmakers are pushing for a bipartisan agreement on the debt limit, which would involve both Democrats and Republicans working together to find a solution.
Either way, the White House press secretary’s comments have set the stage for a major showdown between the administration and House Republicans over the debt limit. With tensions running high, it remains to be seen whether a compromise can be reached before the country faces a catastrophic default.