Biden Says Republican Minority — Not the Democratic Majority — Will Decide Future of US Debt: ‘That’s Up to Mitch McConnell’

President Joe Biden said Monday the fate of the federal debt ceiling would be determined by the Republican minority in Congress — not by his own Democratic Party’s majority.

“Can you guarantee the U.S. will not reach the debt ceiling, that that will not happen?” a reporter asked Biden during a press conference at the White House. Biden replied that in his view, the issue depended on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

“No, I can’t,” the president said. “That’s up to Mitch McConnell.”

The reporter followed up by asking if it was possible the U.S. would fail to “pay its debts.” Biden replied, “I can’t believe that that will be the end result, because the consequence is so dire. I
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