Jeff Zients Says ‘No Need’ For Biden-McCarthy Meeting As Shutdown Nears

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White Home chief of workers Jeff Zients on Thursday mentioned President Joe Biden has no plans to speak to Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy forward of what now seems a possible authorities shutdown this weekend.

Zients mentioned in an interview with NPR that the White Home stays in contact with folks on Capitol Hill, however there’s “no want” for a face-to-face Biden-McCarthy assembly, which the embattled Republican speaker had beforehand referred to as for.

“The assembly that has to happen is within the Home of Representatives — the place Home Republicans come collectively and fund the federal government,” Zients mentioned.

Arduous-line GOP Home members have refused to vote on a seamless decision to maintain the federal government funded past Sept. 30, and have proven little interest in backing a bipartisan stopgap invoice from the Senate. The extremists have threatened to oust McCarthy if he recruits Democrats to move a decision.

Within the NPR interview, Zients mentioned a deal reached by McCarthy and the White Home earlier this 12 months to finish the debt restrict standoff was meant to keep away from the prospect of a shutdown.

“Now what we now have is a small group of maximum Republicans within the Home reneging on that deal,” Zients mentioned.

In the meantime, right-wing Home Republicans reportedly are plotting to oust McCarthy as early as subsequent week. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.), at the moment the third-ranking Home Republican and a McCarthy ally, has been floated as a potential substitute. Emmer instructed The Washington Submit he “absolutely” helps McCarthy.

Zients mentioned whereas a authorities shutdown wouldn’t be simple, he doesn’t anticipate a right away detrimental impression on the U.S. economic system.

“We consider the economic system is powerful, and so long as Home Republicans do their job, the economic system might be wonderful and the federal government will operate,” Zients mentioned.

He added that Biden will tackle the American folks within the occasion of a shutdown Sunday, which might be the primary since 2019.

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