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Biden called McCarthy to set May 9 debt limit talks


U.S. President Joe Biden hands a copy of the speech to U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) prior to delivering State of the Union address his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., February 7, 2023. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

U.S. President Joe Biden called House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and other top congressional leaders to invite them to a May 9 White House meeting to discuss the nation’s debt ceiling, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Biden made the calls on Monday afternoon to McCarthy as well as the minority leaders in the Senate and the House, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, according to a senior Republican Senate aide and another person briefed on the calls.

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