Secret weekend meeting
July 18th, 2011
12:26 PM ET

Secret weekend meeting

As had been speculated, turns out President Obama did meet with House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Sunday at the White House, a Boehner aide confirmed to CNN's Kate Bolduan.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steele added, "As we said throughout the weekend, the lines of communications are being kept open. But there is nothing to report in terms of an agreement or progress. We believe cut, cap and balance represents the best path forward, and we are looking forward to the House vote on it tomorrow.”


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  1. Chas in Iowa

    This is just a waste of time. The GOP is just trying to better position themselves for the coming fallout.
    Without raising taxes there is no solution.
    When a budget is in danger you cut non-essencial spending as much as possible, if that is not enough to remedy the situation you need to increase revenue.
    The Democrats are not going to go along with the GOP to throw senior citizens under the bus so the rich don't have to suffer a tax increase.
    And the GOP is happy to sit by and watch the debt ceiling issue cost all Americans a lot of money in higher interest rates on everything to protect big business and the rich from fair taxes.
    This will not get resolved until after the next election. Hopefully Americans will have the sense to send the GOP home.

    July 18, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • John

      Where is Obamas proposal?

      July 19, 2011 at 6:04 am |
      • Paresh

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        March 2, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
      • Shuhuf

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        March 4, 2012 at 5:49 am |
  2. the conservative

    Time for the republicans to remember. THE TEA PARTY IS WATCHING! If you give in to the democrats we will vote you out of office in the next election,

    Go ahead and let the country default. The Voters will blame the party in control of the presidency( liberals) The republicans.will sweep the next election. Any harm done to our country will be on the heads of the liberals

    July 18, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
    • A Real Patriot

      And you call yourself an American? Sacrifice the nation for the good of the Republican Party? Shameful, but not really surprising.

      July 18, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • kefa34

      as
      we must account for every idle word
      so must we account for every idle silence
      be slow in choosing a friend and even slower in changing
      the constitution is the supreme law of
      our land it governs our action as citizens
      only the laws of G-D which govern our conscious are
      superior to it
      american american
      G-d mend thine every flaw
      confirm thy soul in self control
      in liberty in law .

      July 18, 2011 at 10:26 pm |
  3. A Real Patriot

    Cut Cap and Balance.

    This has the same effect of the myriad pledges Republicans are only too excited to sign.

    They all take independent research, investigation, deliberation and decision making out of the hands of the people we elect to do just those things in the administration of our country.

    In effect they are the tools of cowards and those lacking in the intelligence needed to be an effective lawmaker.

    No wonder they are emanating from the right wing.

    July 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  4. Citizen

    Why have we not seen leadership on either side of the isle discussing the cuts to congressional health care, retirements, incomes? What are they chipping in?

    Nada! We will remember in November, irregardless! the GOP is going down just like when gingrich did this!

    July 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • Kay

      It appears that the people making or not making the decisions do not have to worry where their next meal is coming from. It is just a shame that we have to go through all of this.

      July 24, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @the conservative; 'Go ahead and let the country default'?!? 'Any harm done to our country will be on the heads of Liberals'?!? That's THE most stupid assumption I've read in recent times! I'm a liberal who's prepared to say that most of us know whose heads will be on the chopping block! You and the rest of your 'teabaggers' are already holding a gun to the already corporate-owned GOP! Don't think for one minute that we liberals don't know it's the cons heads! You all are reaking havoc in the GOPs' demise!

    July 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  6. Liz Carter in Georgia

    We also know that most conservatives Republicans are in the wallets of the wealthy and that's all they're concerned about!. They do not care one bit about (whether they're working, retired or disabled) the 'lower' middle-class, nor the 'upper' poor class; and GOD knows they don't give a hoot nor holler about 'lower' poverty-strickened! We libs know that the only chance these groups may have to stay alive and afloat is dependent on the Democrats and this PRESIDENT. Repugs are trying to take him off his mark!

    July 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    The GOP doesn't care what happens with the debt ceiling as long as they make sure their wealthy rich continuse with their taxcuts and subsidies, period. They don't care if the government does down! It'll be defaulting under Pres Obama; the first black President, so they can say... 'See! We told ya' he was incapable, inexperienced, naive, and just bad for the country'! It's all the continuation of the perpetual whipping they've been lodging against OBAMA since day one! Their GOAL is to sabotage his legacy!

    July 18, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • kefa34

      the G O P Left their first love.
      their first love is jesus.

      July 18, 2011 at 11:44 pm |
    • Umair

      #19:There were rpabulicen majorities in control of both the House and Senate for around 12 continuous years; six of those years, there was also a rpabulicen president in the White House quite a long time when they could have taken meaningful steps to get our fiscal house in order. They didn't. Instead, the national debt soared and we saw one of the single biggest upward transfers of wealth in history, with the whole binge culminating in a series of systemic crashes that left us teetering on the brink of total disaster. That was averted only by taking extreme measures first by Bush, and then by Obama. The entire system didn't collapse. A near miss, followed by a recovery that has been an uphill struggle. Presently the upward transfer of wealth continues in spite of all, to those who weren't much effected by the recession to begin with. Unfortunately, the debt increases that long sustained this transfer are becoming unsustainable. The problem is too obvious for anyone to ignore. So, as the working and middle classes sink, the rpabulicen solution appears to be to lower high-end taxes even further, and to gut the nation's social programs to take up the slack. Coupled with that, it's apparently necessary to see a general reduction in wages and benefits. What would possibly motive the average person to take exception to any of this?Reply

      March 2, 2012 at 3:10 am |
  8. Cathie

    I say fire the bunch of them. We'll just start over and put together a new congress that are of the people for the people and by the people.

    July 18, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  9. 10,000 a day

    Yep 10,000 a day are now retiring look at all those VOTES. Not to mention there kids that will have to help out if there check is not in the mail. 2012 VOTE should be good to see who win the HOUSE this time. Go ahead and make my day. :)

    July 18, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
  10. Eye Floaters

    The United States is really made up of a bunch of tiny countries. It is really neat to see how there are different rules in each state and how each of them keep order. I am surprised that there isn't more arguing between states but I think someday there will be. There is too much pride in each one for horrible things not to happen some day. It might not be a bad idea to just have one law for all states instead of them being able to make their own. Thoughts?

    July 31, 2011 at 1:02 pm |
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