May 9th, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Obama to meet with Senate caucuses on deficit

WASHINGTON (CNN) – White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Monday that President Obama will meet on Wednesday with the Senate Democratic Caucus, and on Thursday with the Senate Republican Caucus, "to talk about the range of important issues on the legislative agenda, including the need to adopt a balanced approach in confronting the nation's long term deficit challenges."

Carney said the president will meet with House Republican and Democratic caucuses for similar discussions in the coming weeks.

The newly announced meetings come the same week that Vice President Biden is expected to host a second round of budget talks with Hill leaders as the White House and Congress continue to debate both a deficit reduction package and legislation to increase the debt ceiling.


Topics: President Obama • The News

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  1. CBR

    Now let's see if they can come write some bipartisan legislation and get it passed. The Republicans want to push their agenda through the legislature. Weren't these the people who complained when the Democrats wanted to do the very same thing.

    Politicians are so polarized that they cannot work together for the good of the country. How sad is that? Perhaps if enough people write in to the leaders we will see some movement to get the nation's business done.

    May 9, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • rob

      See My post below. Elections are what make politicians work together and we just had a big one. The president can see the polls, he ha sto work with the republicans or risk losing in 2012.

      May 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
      • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

        The one thing that will send Democratic candidates into the private sector would be surrendering to the TEA Party/Birther/Deather Republican agenda.
        Anyone with living brain cells who listened and cared heard Republicans SCREAMING about jobs, JOBS, JOBS. Those same brain cells understand that the Republican agenda is FULL of job destruction or just ignoring the issue outright – unless you count tax cuts for the rich as a job maker... And just how many jobs do you think that made?

        Democrats can only get elected/RE elected if they stand up to Republicans and make them work on policy that will actually help working class people, NOT THE RICH.

        May 10, 2011 at 8:48 am |
      • Monster Zero

        How do you think Democrats help working class people? Let's see, so far the tax and spend idea does not seem to be working now does it, insurmountable debt does not seem to create a stable economy now does it. What Democrats continually fail to realize is that there is no such thing as a free meal, someone has to pay the bill. The entire Democratic philosophy is to take money earned by someone that works hard and give it to the person that does not want to work...who do you think is going to fund all this crap as this Administration continues to destroy the dollar and wreak havoc on free enterprise? You can't tax a tax dollar and make it work...VOTE THESE SOCIALISTIC BUMS OUT IN 2012! FREE MARKET CONSERVATISM WILL PUT US BACK ON THE PATH OF PROSPERITY!

        May 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @Monsterzero You do realize that of the 14 Trillion debt --Bush's debt the last day in office was 10,626,877,048,913,.08 http://www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/NPGateway

        May 11, 2011 at 5:16 am |
      • Notfooled

        @Monsterzero-–that's 10 Trillion almost 11 Trillion. That freemarket conservatism really worked huh? The fact is President Obama is cleaning up his gigantic mess. And the Republicans honestly think we are ignorant and can't see this. Especially when they have done nothing constructive since getting in in 2010. People are realizing they made a collosal mistake in 2010 and will not do it again in 2012.

        May 11, 2011 at 5:23 am |
    • ObamaUntruth

      He needs to be haveing a congressional meeting why he was a no show until they sent for him after Panetta had issued the order for a go on Bin Laden. Obama hd already under the advise of Jarrett said no making Clinton furious and Panetta ready to quit which Clintontalked him out of it and Petraues madder than Hades. They took up the slack while Obama was playing golf and issued the order then sent a runner to fetch the no show President. He should be impeached for now trying to capture all the glory the two-bit pig lover.

      May 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
      • ObamaUntruth

        I knew this would bring out the CNN moderators. no one can be contrary to their hero Obama.

        May 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
      • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

        WOW, don't hold back, I mean if you're going to say stupid sh*t why not include the black helicopters and clandestine meetings with unicorns.

        May 10, 2011 at 8:50 am |
      • Rex Raptor

        Palinhope is that you?

        May 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm |
      • Notfooled

        Your hatred for President Obama is making you crazy.

        May 11, 2011 at 4:04 am |
    • Tol Trunks

      Industry and commerce end August 15th, so much of this is moot. Short term gain or halt of worse loss is something that may be helpful. Do not take the mark. 2-3-2012.

      May 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  2. BobnLA

    Why not let the Republicans pick the number for the cuts in spending , then let the Democrats pick the cuts? This gives both parties what they want, yet give neither the advantage! You want 60 billion in cuts- fine but its not coming from healthcare , medicare or the arts. Or reverse it- and the Democrats can name the number and risk losing healthcare money, school funding and face medicare cuts
    Actually, it would be the purist form of compromise this Congress can have given the politics they refuse to separate from the debate

    May 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

      While that might sound fair and reasonable, neither side is going to risk losing funding for their pet projects – Republicans – "Cut 600 Billion." Democrats – "OK, military budget, Tax Cuts to Profitable Big Business, tax cuts for the rich" – OR – Democrats – "Cut 600 Billion." – Republicans "OK, 'Obamacare' Welfare, Medicaid, School lunches,"

      I know that taxs cuts don't sound like spending cuts, exactly, but deciding not to take money you could spend if you just took that money causes a spending cut in my mind.

      May 10, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Boehner is a weak leader and tea baggers are taking advantage of that and if people keep supporting these Repugs the tea baggers will take this country back 100 years, the aren't for equality they are for complete separation.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:16 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      Claudia, give it up baby, it has nothing to do with separation or race. From most of the comments that I've read on this blog it is truly apparent where the racism now lies in America. It is not about black or white, it is about the economy and what makes it work, President Obama doesn't get it as he has never participated in it nor have most of his Administration, they are nearly all government bureaucrats that have suckled on the tax teat for their entire miserable existences.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
      • Notfooled

        You sound like you must be sucking on it for years too. Corporate welfare. You're a big -boy now you don't need mother's milk. Let the young have a taste of it. Don't be so selfish.

        May 11, 2011 at 4:08 am |
  4. rob

    The republicans need to stay strong with the dems because the president will fold. No matter how much he demigouges them, he needs republicans more than the country needs his policies. By failing to convince anyone he is serious about the debt and real economic growth he will adopt most of the republican economic policies of lower spending and lower taxes and the private sector will boom again. This is the only way he can get elected in 2012.

    May 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • CAWinMD

      Rob, I disagree. Democrats need Republicans, and vice versa, because neither one has enough strength in Congress to pass what they want. Obama can stay above the fray and let Congress take all the shots from the public. All he has to do is look reasonable compared to what Republicans are saying, and he wins. Given Paul Ryan's plan, that won't be tough to do.

      May 9, 2011 at 6:57 pm |
    • Guest

      The economy never boomed under the Republican policy so what makes you think it will this time. They actually applied this theory for 6 of the last 8 years and it put us in a recession and almost a depression. The President needs to do what he has been doing to get the economy growing again.

      May 9, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
      • Monster Zero

        What planet have you been living on?

        May 10, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @MonsterZero---What planet have you been living on? You seem to be in the minority. Maybe you should change the channel once in a while.

        May 11, 2011 at 4:12 am |
    • KatR

      I disagree. The GOP economic policies have had their chance ever since Reagan was president. Obviously, they have not worked or we wouldn't be discussing the economic problems we're having....again. The private sector can only flourish when the needs of the community at large, including the infrastructure to support the private sector, are well established and maintained. There is no profit for any business to build and maintain infrastructure. Only government can fulfill that role. Pres. Obama will not cave on his policies for moving this country forward to prosperity. If the GOP had their way our beautiful country from sea to shining sea would be gutted solely to make money off of expendable fossil fuels.

      May 9, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
  5. Sebastian

    One thing John McCain promised to do if he was elected was to "name names" of people in Congress that were obstructionists so that the general public could punish them at the polls and in the court of public opinion. There is very little McCain said that I agreed with. This however, was one thing he had right.

    May 9, 2011 at 7:42 pm |
    • Dalfrom CA

      McCain got elected. We have not seen those names yet. When will he name the Names?
      The Republicans are in some DREAM WORLD. We are losing jobs homes and some of us might be contemplating suicides as the last resort to rid ourselves of the stigma the George W Bush years have given us. The Republicans are still not understanding that the rich are only able to get richer if and only if we the poor and the middle class have jobs and are paying the taxes and buying their gas and health Insurances.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:18 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    I am fed up of Boehner and his party on any budget matters ( impossible to call it DEBATE or discussion even) of adopting the pistol to the head or sword of damocles of our way or the highway. On cuts /debt ceiling.
    If I were Obama I'd say now, not this time; if you push against the following its Ok. You bankrupt the USA not me.
    The deal is:-
    1) Our agreement on the recent spending cuts and thats the 2010/2011 debt ceilng per CBO. till 30/09/2011.
    2) We take Ryans proposals and ours by my budget and the debt commission and DEBATE that to try and agree a 2011/2012 budget. 5 months to get there!! everything except health care repeal on the table whether the latter is direct or indirect.
    3) Many commentators have said that within the Ryan and Obama budget and deficit committee ideas there are many basically common items of agreement, so DEBATE ( the details) of those first, (how about a 1st July deadline on those) have them agreed and then deal with the difficult ones after that.
    4) Please face reality using the budget as a guise to repeal health care carries an assured Veto. So the deal is Health care law changes ARE separate from budget deal for now but we can DEBATE in tandem, CHANGES TO HEALTH CARE GIVING SAVINGS CAN BE INCORPORTAED INTO BUDGET IF NEEDED APPROPRIATE.
    If all that is done the debt ceiling for 2011/2012 gets fixed, and it need not be cast in stone.
    Me I'd behind the scenes tell Boehner get real on oil company subsidies and tax breaks, and removing bush tax breaks for the rich which will anyway be in my 2012/2013 budget along with significant defense spending cuts if not achioeved in 2011/2012. the latter being preferable.
    Boehner has to TELL ME WHICH INEPENDENT ( NOT DEM OR GOP LEANING ECONOMIST OR ECONOMIC POLICY THINK TANK THINKS THE DUAL TARGETS OF BUDGET DEFICIT CUT/ELIMINATION, AND DEBT REDUCTION, CAN BE ACHIEVED WITHOUT TAX INCREASES during a continuing global and US slow economic recovery.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    May 10, 2011 at 1:09 am |
  7. makikijoe

    The poster named Ancient Texan talked about how Obama allowing the unions and special interest groups that contribute to his re-election to influence him.

    Well, duh.

    Isn't that what the Repugs did, and very successfully, in 2010. TheRepugs get PLENTY of special interest money. How many other Koch Brothers are there out there, contributing big bucks to the GOP. Only we don't know about most of them because they keep a low profile. I understand the Walton Family (Wal-Mart), one of the wealthiest families in the nation, have contributed HUGE amounts of money to political candidates, mostly Republicans.

    The Supreme Court has decided that money equals free speech.

    In other words, those who got the money can speak voluminously. Those with no money can just shut up and sit down.

    Note: Most Republicans APPLAUDED that decision.

    What's the matter Ancient Texan ? Are you unhappy with the Citizens vs. United ruling ?

    That decison was a travesty ......... one of the worst Court decisons since the horrendous Dred Scott decision.

    But most conservatives didn't seem all that concerned about it.

    Good luck Barack. We need you for four more years. Though you are a very imperfect man you are still a lot better than anything the Repugs will offer.

    May 10, 2011 at 6:56 am |
    • Monster Zero

      No that is not what Republicans do, you see Unions take the monies from the wages of their Union members to pay up on the bribes whether they support it or not whereas private enterprise pays their bribes with their own money. If Union shills can take money from a Union worker and then give it to a political campaign, and I mean millions, knowing that our private sector is no longer competitive in a global market due to in a large part the exorbitant Union wages that perhaps the hourly rate of compensation could be reduced commensurate to that wasted money? It should all be outlawed, then perhaps we would have a functioning government instead of this mess.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @Monster Zero- What needs to be outlawed? Citizens United or Union dues? Knowing that you are a Republican I'm guessing Union Dues. You want the corporations to pay less then minimum wage right? With no bargaining rights.
        And you think we would be willing to give up our dues so you and corporations could persue this? How dumb do you think we are?

        May 11, 2011 at 4:27 am |
  8. al in memphis

    America is watching for progress, not for partisanship. This mess was made last week and it won't be solve next week. The tough choices that have to be made should be fair, but keep in mind the government has made a lot of corporation rich over the last 50 years.
    You be suprised how much the taxpayer has borrowed just to have business relocated. One case in Tennessee had the taxpayers borrowing $150MM and then giving the company millions in tax breaks for 15 years. What do you think happens after that 15 years– the companies pick up and leave.

    May 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm |
    • Monster Zero

      al- did you take the time to consider that perhaps that business employed how many people including their CEO and paid taxable dividends to their shareholders? Just because a corporation or business is given tax breaks does not mean that the jobs that they create are not taxed and massive revenue produced. Remember the golden goose, think of it like that, just think of your example 15 years with say 300 employees making over 75K as their mean income taxed at a 25% rate, plus the corporate taxation plus taxation on the dividends. That doesn't even consider the support commerce that any business creates to maintain itself...businesses don't leave unless it becomes unprofitable.

      May 10, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
      • Notfooled

        I doubt very much they made 75K a year. I'd be willing to bet the CEO made 4 or 5 million a year. That's why his company became unprofitable. Then he packed up and went overseas so he could make even more with paying workers 2.00 a day. The secret's out. Stop trying to cover for the rich saying they are going to create jobs if they are not taxed.

        May 11, 2011 at 4:36 am |
  9. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Notfooled; You go! Good comments! I agree.

    May 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm |
  10. Cody 22 tx

    Are all democrats really this oblivious? Can't you see that the deems are robbing from the upper and middle class to support the lower class? Is it that difficult to comprehend? I work for Georgia pacific owned by the Koch brothers and at 22 I can't see why you people are so dumb founded to comprehend the fact that without the rich getting richer the poor and middle class won't have freaking jobs to go to and complain about. Of course the welfare lifers and medicaid healthcare riders aren't really in the market for a job or to better themselves they just want the free ride.I have a brand new baby and when my wife was pregnant my insurance benefits didn't take effect from July to January, we didnt "qualify" for Medicaid because I make too much money. Yet people who don't work and are drying up the tax payers dollars do "qualify" ? Give me a freaking break! People who don't work all year, get Medicaid and foodstamps receive a bigger tax return than I do and I pay freaking taxes on an actual income. Wake up people!!! 22 year old comprehends it why can't you

    May 11, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  11. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Cody22tx; your comment was interesting and there was possibly a lot of thought put into it but there seems to be a lot of bias in it too. This is a nation that has always seen to it's disenfranchised. Everybody who doesn't work are not in non-work status for nothing or by choise. Many are disabled, unschooled, and unable to because of life's twists and turns. Why after all of this time, we as a become such a nation, and have turned against our poor, helpless, and homeless? The jobs are being sent overseas!

    May 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  12. Cody 22 tx

    No one is helpless. People just don't want to help themselves. That's why people bitch about the price of a gallon of gas. Yes we all know gas prices are high but are you going to quit buying it? No, people fail to realize that gas has went up but so has the minimum wage. Education? Really? I have a high school diploma and enough college education to get a degree in drinking budweiser, but I also own a 21000 sq ft house, 3, cars, have a brand new beautiful baby and a wife who doesn't have to work. My cousin may have finished 6th grade and he owns his own power line company. I live in a town with a population of 2300 and you tell me all the jobs are going overseas??? There are jobs here and can't find a job and want one bad enough the united states military will give you a job with excellent benefits and a retirement plan. Our military is underpaid but it's a job with 3 square and a roof over your head. The problem with America is that Americans have lost their drive and ambition. People expect things to be handed to them. You are entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, not the gift of hipness and welfare. Life is what YOU make of it. Ask not what my country can do for me, pbut what can I do for my country! And I hate to tell you but drawing a government check generation after generation is not helping your country.

    May 12, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  13. Cody 22 tx

    Sorry that was a 2100 not 21000 sq ft. Maybe I'm wrong but I think if I can accomplish the things I have this early in life grown men and women can step up to the plate And take some responsibility. It's easy to sit back and blame bush or Obama but alot of the problem lies within the spirit of the American people.if you keep giving people are going to keep
    Taking. Sorry about the typos still getting used to my64 gig Verizon 3G iPad2. Thank you for the employment opportunity mr Charles Koch and family we truly are blessed to live in America the beautiful!!!

    May 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
  14. Liz Carter in Georgia

    You are right. Life is about what you make it; and I have to say I congratulate you young man on your early accomplishments in life and your new baby, but just know that there are many young men and women in this nation and the world who were not as blessed as you. Evidently, you had a stable homebase to start from, your parents instilled ambition into you, you had good background, networking contacts, and favor; I'm thinking that to be true since you're living in a town of 2300. Jobs? Yes Cody, overseas!

    May 13, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  15. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Some people were born into non-ambitiousness. Ambition and hope can be crushed for many reasons, by many people, for the lack of encouragement and perpetual disappointment.

    May 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm |