Joe Biden to cut G7 trip short amid debt ceiling negotiations | USA TODAY

President Joe Biden will cut his G7 trip short in order to participate in final debt ceiling negotiations with Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Republicans.

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President Joe Biden pushed back Wednesday at new work requirements for welfare programs that Republicans covet in a package to raise the debt ceiling, insisting that any changes he supports would be insignificant yet not taking the issue off the table entirely.

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

“I’m not going to accept any work requirements that’s going to impact the medical health needs of people,” Biden said in remarks from the White House Roosevelt Room before he departed to Japan for a G-7 summit. He added that he would not accept any expanded work requirements “that go much beyond” the rules that he supported as a U.S. senator in the 1990s.

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