The multi-trillion-dollar question on everyone’s mind is whether the negotiators can reach an agreement to lift the debt ceiling before the clock ticks too much further. There’s lots of rumblings from lawmakers on both sides that there could be a handshake deal today, with lawmakers returning to Washington Tuesday or Wednesday for votes — but that may well be wishful thinking, based on the vibes emanating from GOP negotiators Thursday night.
A somber and exhausted Speaker Kevin McCarthy offered this to reporters outside his office Thursday evening: “We do not have an agreement yet. We knew this would not be easy. It’s hard, but we’re working and we’re going to continue to work until we get this done.” Earlier in the day, one of the Republican negotiators, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), entered McCarthy’s office with his children in tow — noting he planned to work through the holiday weekend so he could grind out a deal with the White House.
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McCarthy: “We’ve been talking to the white house all day, we’re going back and forth & it’s not easy. We want to make sure this is an agreement worthy of the American people & so it takes a while to make it happen & we’re working hard to make it happen”
— Mona Salama (@ByMonaSalama) May 25, 2023