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White House press secretary Jen Psaki bluntly called out Republican lawmakers during Monday’s news briefing about their role in spending during the Trump era and now refusing to raise the national debt limit.
Psaki insisted that Republicans not be “left of the hook,” taking responsibility for the national debt when they “spent like drunken sailors,” during the last four years.
Watch the briefing in the player above.
Earlier, President Joe Biden told Republican senators to “get out of the way” and let Democrats suspend the nation’s debt limit on their own.
He wants to keep the U.S. government from coming dangerously close to a devastating credit default as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to lend his party’s help.
Biden’s criticism comes as Congress faces an Oct 18 deadline to allow for more borrowing to keep the government operating after having accrued a total public debt of $28.4 trillion.
The president heads to Michigan on Tuesday, intending to highlight his infrastructure and reconciliation budget priorities and “why he’s fighting so hard for it,” Psaki said.
The White House supported news of a resumed inter-Korean dialogue, but reiterated concerns about missile launches from North Korea.
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