Democrats in Washington are frustrated over President Joe Biden leaving town as the nation's debt ceiling nears.
The nation is expected to hit its financial limit on June 1, leaving only days for lawmakers to agree on a solution.
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“It’s time to bring the president off the bench, or bring somebody off the bench,” one anonymous elected Democrat told Politico.
“No one’s responding to anything. Kevin’s consistently on message. We have the Oval Office. I’ve never seen anything like it," the source added.
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"The White House and congressional Republicans on Friday are putting the final touches on a deal that will raise the U.S. government's $31.4 trillion debt ceiling for two years while capping spending on everything but military and veterans, according to a U.S. official," Reuters reported.
"Negotiators for Democratic President Joe Biden and House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy appeared to be nearing a deal on Thursday as the two sides reached agreement on key issues, such as spending caps and funding for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the military," it added.
Karine Jean-Pierre defends Biden's trips to Camp David and Delaware this weekend amid debt ceiling negotiations (which he put off for 97 days) pic.twitter.com/d5t0pGlCPF
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Despite the last-minute negotiations, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre defended Biden's trips after putting off the debt ceiling for nearly three months.
In addition to leaving town during negotiations, Biden continues to ignore the border crisis even after the end of the pandemic-era Title 42 policy that has led to even more migrants crossing the border.
The ongoing absence of Biden from leadership will certainly be a focus of his political opponents as he seeks a second term. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who announced his run this month, pledge to serve as an "energetic executive" who is directly involved in the nation's issues.
The lack of involvement has even led to strong opposition within his own party, with two Democratic contenders reported at double digits in a new poll.
Biden leaving town is not only an issue with the debt ceiling but his response to many of the nation's problems as America falls further behind under his absent leadership.