Congress and the White House must have the discussions and negotiations and agree that the nation has to change its course on spending, but President Joe Biden "has not been willing to compromise on cuts," Rep. Warren Davidson told Newsmax on Thursday.
However, the Ohio Republican told Newsmax's "Wake Up America" that the person who is president now has "changed a lot" from the vice president who seven years ago was willing to talk and negotiate.
"The House has a responsibility to change course, and in this case pretty dramatically," Davidson said. "We clearly can't stay on the path we were headed on in terms of spending and deficits and debt, so we have to have that conversation."
Further, he said that it "makes sense" to link raising the debt ceiling, which will "ultimately" have to be done, as "we're not going to default on our debt. We should just have the discussion and negotiate and agree that we have to change course."
Biden, though, "has not been willing to compromise on cuts," he said.
Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Wednesday held initial talks on raising U.S. government borrowing limits, with the meeting ending on a positive note as McCarthy said the two found "common ground."
The president has said he will ask McCarthy for a specific budget plan, including a commitment to supporting the nation's debt obligations, but will only discuss federal spending cuts after the debt ceiling is lifted.
Meanwhile, Davidson slammed reports that Republicans are considering cuts to Social Security and Medicare, calling such claims "a lie."
"I look at this accusation that Republicans are going to cut your Social Security and Medicare as the same kind of schtick [that says] all the Republicans are racist," the congressman said. "It's a lie meant to scare minorities," and claims that "Republicans are coming after your Social Security and Medicare is a lie meant to scare senior citizens. It's different words, but the same tactic. You know, lie, divide fear into targeted groups. That's the playbook, unfortunately, for Democrats."
Davidson also discussed the return of the National Prayer Breakfast to Capitol Hill after having been held elsewhere over the past few years.
Where in years past, the crowds would gather to the point that guests would be forced to sit in other rooms and watch the event on screens, Davidson said now, the breakfast returns to "members of the House and Senate, the executive branch, and a handful of others to focus on praying for our country. We need it right now."
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