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Joe Biden and Kevin McCarthy, cautious rivals, are ready to collaborate

McCarthy was sitting about 30 feet away, watching the teleprompter, as Biden addressed the nation. A White House aide said the omission of McCarthy’s name from the inaugural speech was unintentional. McCarthy has used the incident as an example of the cool treatment he received during Biden’s presidency. McCarthy has said he wants to explore a debt ceiling deal that also provides a cap on government spending. The White House responded Friday with an email that suggested Republican plans to enact their “extreme agenda” were “malfeasance”. Complicating the negotiations is McCarthy’s uncertain hold on his own Republican conference.