Meeting Between Biden and Republicans Delayed as Sides Pursue Debt Limit Deal

President Biden and top congressional leaders on Thursday postponed a second meeting on the debt limit crisis to give staff members more time to explore a budget deal before the two sides convened again.

People familiar with the decision cast the move as a positive development. Preliminary budget talks among senior White House officials and congressional aides have been underway for two days, with both sides attempting to find a path to an agreement on lifting the government’s debt limit and avoiding a default.

Mr. Biden and the four top congressional leaders, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy, were originally scheduled to meet again Friday after an initial face-to-face session on Tuesday produced no agreement. A new meeting is expected next week before Mr. Biden departs on Wednesday for Japan to attend the Group of 7 leaders meeting.

The delay seems to suggest progress at a pivotal moment. Until now, both sides appeared dug in on their respective positions about what it would take…

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This article was written by Carl Hulse, Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport and originally published on