25 January 2023
President Joe Biden is hosting the Democratic congressional leaders Tuesday at the White House as they face a new era of divided government in Washington, staring down a debt ceiling crisis, the Russian-Ukraine conflict and their own party priorities running up against a new House Republican majority eager for confrontation.
The gathering in the Roosevelt Room at the White House was a way for Biden and the top Democrats on Capitol Hill to project a unified front against Republicans who are threatening a showdown over raising the nation's borrowing authority. The White House has stressed repeatedly that they want Congress to lift the debt ceiling without conditions. As the meeting began, Biden said Democrats were eager to talk about "extreme Republican economic plans."
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