United States

Emerging US debt deal would raise limit, cap spending for two years

Under the terms of the emerging agreement, defense spending would be permitted to rise 3 per cent next year in line with President Joe Biden’s budget request

“We know where our differences lie,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters at the Capitol, adding that he planned to work through the holiday weekend there. Picture: Getty

Republican and White House negotiators are moving closer to an agreement to raise the debt limit and cap federal spending for two years, according to people familiar with the matter, as time grows short to avert a catastrophic US default.

The two sides have narrowed differences in talks over recent days, according to the people, though the details agreed to are tentative and a final accord is still not in hand. The two sides have ...