‘Soft food’ to ‘good faith’: How Biden and McCarthy came together on debt deal

June 01, 2023

He did what he said he’d do,” Biden said of McCarthy after delivering remarks Sunday at the White House. Very tough at the same time,” McCarthy told reporters at the Capitol of his talks with Biden. Biden and McCarthy have a shared Irish heritage, but otherwise little else to bond over. It marked a major win for McCarthy, and it brought the president to the table for budget negotiations. It was then that Biden and McCarthy appointed lead negotiators to work on hashing out a deal at the staff level.