The radical leftists of the "Squad" will not support President Joe Biden's debt ceiling deal if he gives too many concessions to the GOP, the Conservative Brief reported. This puts Biden in a tough spot for his upcoming reelection.
Lawmakers are scrambling to make a deal before the U.S. defaults on its debt on June 1, Fox News reported. Biden has come to the table with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to hammer out a proposal that works for all sides with little results.
Biden has been unwavering on certain leftist issues, such as leaving the Inflation Reduction Act intact. However, the most radical in the Democratic Party are worried that the priorities of the Congressional Progressive Caucus will be discarded.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) warned Biden could expect "pushback" on "nearly any significant concession." She and Rep. Jamaal Bowan (D-NY) said any accommodation to the GOP would make the party look "weak."
"It’s profoundly destructive, and it also threatens to weaken the president," Ocasio-Cortez said. "It makes us look weak, and like we don't know what we're doing," Bowman chimed in.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, similarly predicted trouble for Biden if progressives' pet causes get pushed aside. Republican proposals like welfare work requirements and reform to clean energy permitting are simply non-negotiable for the radical left.
"It's really important we don't give ground," Jayapal said. "We have made it clear ... that if they give on these core Democratic values, there will be a huge backlash."
Meanwhile, Biden is hoping to avoid negotiations altogether by using the Constitution. "I have been considering the 14th Amendment," the president previously.
"I'll be very blunt with you, when we get by this, I'm thinking about taking a look at — months down the road — to see what the court would say about whether or not it does work," Biden said. It's still unclear if the provision would apply.
"The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned," a portion of Section 4 of the 14th Amendment states. Constitutional lawyers are skeptical that would broaden out to include the debt limit.
As the nation moves closer to default, Republicans are positioned to use it against Biden during his bid for reelection in 2024, a separate Fox News report noted. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has taken to calling the looming crisis the "Biden default" in an effort to lay blame squarely on the president.
"Our debt is larger than our economy, by more than 20%," McCarthy said at a news conference. "If we do nothing, we will pay more in interest in the next ten years than we paid in the last 83," he added.
"If we do nothing, and you follow along…God forbid you get a Biden default because he ignores the problem just as he ignored the border," McCarthy said. Little headway has been made on either side, except that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has softened his rhetoric a bit with talk of a possible bipartisan bill.
Biden is stuck between a rock and a hard place as the deadline approaches. If he sides with the GOP to get a deal done and avoid default, he could pay the bigger price within his own party -- and that's a dangerous game in the coming reelection season.