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Biden Says Won’t Agree to Bipartisan Deal on Debt Solely on Republicans’ Terms

HIROSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden said on Sunday he would not agree to a deal with Republicans in Congress on raising the US federal debt limit and cutting the budget solely on their terms.

Speaking at a news conference in Hiroshima in Japan, Biden said he would speak with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on his way home about the negotiations, but underscored that a US default was not an option.

“It’s time for Republicans to accept that there is no bipartisan deal to be made solely on their partisan terms. They have to move as well,” Biden said.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt and Jeff Mason, writing by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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