President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 10:44 AM PT – Monday, October 4, 2021
Joe Biden has continued to shift blame as the U.S. teeters on the brink of an economic catastrophe. While speaking from the White House Monday, he made his case for raising the debt ceiling by blaming 45th President Donald Trump as well as Republicans for spending too much and playing procedural games.
His remarks come even as he pushes a multi-trillion dollar spending bill to pass through reconciliation, which bypasses Republicans. While calling for GOP help to raise the debt ceiling, Biden also said they need to get out of the way so Democrats can “save the economy.”
However, reporters criticized Biden for not being able to bring his own party together to pass legislation. The Democrat-controlled Congress has until October 18 to act or risk a historic default.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (R-N.Y.) set a tentative date for Congress to pass the infrastructure and budget packages. In a press conference Sunday, the New York lawmaker said he believes Democrats are on track to pass both pieces of legislation in the next month.
This comes as Democrats continue to bicker over price tag and substance in the reconciliation package, holding back the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has shared a similar timeline to Schumer’s, suggesting the bipartisan bill must be passed no later than October 31.