On Friday, President Biden expressed disappointment with the House GOP, accusing them of putting the nation at risk of another government shutdown. This comes shortly after former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) lost his position after advocating for an interim funding bill supported by Democrats.
“House Republicans need to move away from creating crises. With just 40 days remaining for Congress to resume their duties – considering the House Republicans are on a break – it’s essential to finance the government, prevent a shutdown, and safeguard the significant strides made by American workers in the recent two and a half years,” stated Biden.
The interim funding is set to last until November 17, with ninety members of the House GOP opposing it.
The previous Tuesday saw McCarthy lose his position when eight of his party members sided with the Democrats against him. Supporters of McCarthy have blamed Democrats for not lending their support, while Democrats countered, stating that it’s not their responsibility to assist the GOP in such votes, given their preference for their own leadership.
Biden has capitalized on this disarray within the House GOP, emphasizing his efforts in comparison to their internal turmoil.
“It’s crucial to prioritize the nation’s needs. House Republicans must shift their focus to boosting the economy and supporting America and its citizens,” Biden remarked on Friday. “It’s time to act in the best interests of the Americans who are eagerly observing.”
Additionally, President Biden shared the latest September jobs report with the media, which indicated the addition of 336,000 jobs in the U.S. during the previous month. According to the Labor Department, the unemployment rate remained steady at 3.8%.
Highlighting his achievements, Biden mentioned that since his inauguration, there have been an addition of 13.9 million jobs and the unemployment rate has consistently remained below 4 percent for 20 months. He emphasized the effectiveness of his economic strategy, often referred to as “Bidenomics.”
Addressing concerns about the public’s perception of the economy, Biden responded assertively, pointing out that journalists sometimes focus on negative aspects. “Those who have secured jobs undoubtedly have a more positive view of the economy,” he stated. “The American public is insightful, and they recognize their improved financial status. This is undeniable.”