House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., advised his caucus in a letter Sunday that President Joe Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy will communicate this afternoon to complete the debt ceiling agreement, and then the legislative invoice can be launched by Republicans.
Negotiators struck an agreement in principle Saturday evening to lengthen the debt ceiling and avert a catastrophic default. The legislative textual content of the invoice can be ready by Republicans and reviewed by the Biden administration earlier than it’s finalized, Jeffries mentioned within the letter to Democrats.
Biden and McCarthy are anticipated to communicate no later than 2 p.m. and “shortly thereafter, the legislative bill text will be released by House Republicans and made available to the House, Senate and American people,” Jeffries mentioned, including that high members of the Biden administration are additionally set to transient the House Democratic Caucus on the deal at 5 p.m.
“It is my expectation that over the next several days, there will be multiple opportunities to review and discuss the legislation with the Biden administration in advance of any mid-week vote scheduled by House Republicans,” he wrote.
The tentative agreement, which is anticipated to increase the nation’s borrowing authority in alternate for cuts to spending, was struck after weeks of negotiations, led by Biden and McCarthy. Once the legislative language is finalized, it would have to go each the GOP-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate.
A supply aware of the agreement advised NBC News it features a two-year appropriations deal and a two-year debt restrict extension, successfully resolving the difficulty till after the 2024 election. It’ll embody work necessities for federal assist like SNAP for Americans up to 54, with exceptions for homeless folks and veterans. But there can be “no changes to Medicaid,” the supply added.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” McCarthy mentioned “more than 95% of all those in the conference” helps the tentative deal and members are “very excited.”