US President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Republican Kevin McCarthy have reached an agreement to raise the national debt ceiling, which will allow the country to avoid the default that threatened it. According to a statement published on the White House website, the agreement is a compromise, but protects all key achievements of the presidential administration and the Democratic Party in Congress.
The text of the agreement will be published later, the vote on it in the House of Representatives is scheduled for May 31. "We will vote for a responsible debt ceiling agreement that stops Democrats' reckless spending, returns unspent COVID funds, blocks Biden's new tax schemes," McCarthy tweeted.
The agreement must enter into force by June 5, otherwise the US will face a technical default. On May 26, Bloomberg reported that the administration and the Republicans were close to reaching a deal on the national debt ceiling. It was noted, however, that the Republicans managed to achieve spending limits for only two years instead of ten. At the same time, the growth of military spending will continue and will amount to 3% in 2024.
Earlier in May, Biden said he would not agree to a deal with the Republican majority in Congress that would involve significant budget cuts.