Negotiations between prime White Home and Republican congressional officers over a deal to boost the debt restrict hit a snag on Friday when a G.O.P. chief within the talks stated it was time to “press pause,” complaining that President Biden’s staff was being unreasonable and that no progress might be made.

It was a setback within the effort to avert a debt default earlier than a June 1 deadline, although it was not clear whether or not the delay was a tactical retreat or an enduring blow to possibilities of getting an settlement.

The halt got here at some point after the ultraconservative Home Freedom Caucus declared that Republicans ought to stop negotiations with Mr. Biden and demand on their debt restrict laws, which demanded steep spending cuts in change for elevating the federal borrowing cap and is a useless letter within the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The abrupt announcement of a pause additionally got here only a day after Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, informed reporters that he believed negotiators may attain a deal in precept as early because the weekend. However on Friday Mr. McCarthy and his deputies sounded a starkly completely different tone, saying that White Home officers had been refusing to come back their means on spending cuts.

Consultant Garret Graves of Louisiana, whom the speaker appointed to guide negotiations on the debt restrict, walked out of the bipartisan talks and stated that Mr. Biden’s staff was not prepared to “have cheap conversations about how one can really transfer ahead.”

“We’ve received to get motion by the White Home, and we don’t have any motion,” Mr. McCarthy informed reporters on the Capitol not lengthy afterward. “We’ve received to pause.”

He hinted {that a} main sticking level was over the way to cap federal spending. Home Republicans handed a debt restrict invoice final month that will increase the nation’s borrowing restrict into subsequent 12 months in change for freezing spending eventually 12 months’s ranges for a decade.

“We will’t be spending extra money; we’ve to spend lower than we spent the 12 months earlier than,” Mr. McCarthy stated.

White Home officers, talking on the situation of anonymity to debate personal negotiations, stated that administration officers had been taking the breakdown in negotiations significantly and acknowledged that there have been important variations between the events, together with round Mr. McCarthy’s stance on capping federal spending.

Mr. McCarthy is underneath stress from the hard-right Freedom Caucus to not comply with any deal.

“No extra dialogue on watering it down,” the group tweeted on Thursday, referring to the Home-passed debt restrict invoice. “Interval.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs contributed reporting.