Obama reaches out to Boehner, Reid on budget call
President Barack Obama reads a document in the Outer Oval Office as he prepares for a press conference with Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, Feb. 4, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
April 3rd, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Obama reaches out to Boehner, Reid on budget call

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama made separate calls on Saturday to House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss ongoing budget negotiations, according to a statement released by the White House.

In the weekly GOP address released before the call, Boehner made it clear that bipartisan cooperation was not immediately within reach. “You’ve heard Democratic leaders claim an agreement has been reached on this issue, but let me be clear,” he said. “There is no agreement. Republicans continue to fight for the largest spending cuts possible to help end Washington’s job-crushing spending binge.”

During the call, the president affirmed the need to cut spending and acknowledged progress toward reaching a bipartisan compromise to make $73 billion in spending cuts this year.

His team has been given a directive to work through the weekend and reach resolution on what will be eliminated, with an instruction to steer clear of any cuts that undermine economic growth, job creation and the ability to “win the future.” The president voiced opposition to cuts that undermine those goals and any efforts to use the negotiation process as a way to further political agendas unrelated to the reduction of the deficit and spending.

Though he recognized the progress made toward spending legislation, Obama warned that the process is running out of time, and encouraged both parties to reach a solution in time to avoid a shutdown of government and possible threat to economic recovery.

Following the call, Boehner spokesman, Michael Steel objected to the notion of a compromise, saying, "The speaker reminded the president that there is no 'deal' or agreement on a final number, and he will continue to push for the largest possible spending cuts."

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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Henry

    Boehner, stay tough. Do not trust this lying, Muslim Anti-American!!

    April 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  2. Heather

    ".....The president voiced opposition to cuts that undermine those goals and any efforts to use the negotiation process as a way to further political agendas unrelated to the reduction of the deficit and spending..."

    Not using the negation process for a political agenda? Really? So the liberal lefts "green energy" plans and the presidents high speed choo choo trains are not part of the budget?

    Wasn't "winning the future" one of Obama's "political" agenda points? Didn't he just use the term "winning the future" in a speech filled with the usualy liberal left clean energy agenda talking points?

    April 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Josh

      So...I guess you believe that you are immune to foul air, a failed environment, the lack of compassion that you right-wing fanatics have. Is it just money, money for you folks? Is there anyone other than yourself that you care about?

      Guess not.

      April 3, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • salvatore

      Not refuting your point, but I'm just wondering if you really think clean energy is nothing but a (rather unsuccessful) political strategy? Nothing to do with reducing dependence on foreign oil or cutting emissions?

      April 4, 2011 at 2:37 am |
  3. Jay in NC

    This is long winded but consider this.... The President is proposing a $3.82 trillion, that is $3,820,000,000,000 , budget. That comes to over $12,000 per person. Think of it, a family of 4 would equal $48,000 a year. In 2006, the median annual household income was $50,233 according to the Census Bureau. Something is just wrong with this picture.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:44 pm |