Biden pushes back on job requirements in debt ceiling talks

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pushed back new work requirements for welfare programs that Republicans want in a package to raise the debt ceiling.

Expanded work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program and Medicaid have emerged as a major sticking point in debt ceiling talks between the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

“I’m not going to accept any job requirements that affect people’s medical health needs,” Biden said from the Roosevelt Room of the White House before flying to Japan for the G-7 summit. He also said he would not accept any expanded work requirements beyond the provisions he championed as a U.S. senator in the 1990s.

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