July 19th, 2011
04:17 PM ET
Obama back to the briefing room
President Obama made a quick stop by the briefing room to update the press and the American people on the latest debt ceiling negotiations.
Full remarks are after the jump
Did you know...?
President Obama has made several trips to the briefing room at the White House in the last couple of weeks to talk about debt ceiling negotiations. But did you know that the briefing room is built over a swimming pool that was installed by President Roosevelt in 1933 as a place for physical therapy while suffering from polio? President Nixon turned the pool into quarters for the press in 1970. Thirty years later, the room was named for James S. Brady, the White House Press Secretary who was injured during the assassination attempt on President Reagan.
July 19th, 2011
12:40 PM ET
GOP congressmen show up at White House, want plan
(CNN) - While President Obama and Congressional GOP leaders continue to negotiate a debt ceiling deal behind the scenes, several House Republican freshmen are growing impatient.
Nearly 20 of them ventured to the gates of the White House Tuesday with a letter in hand to the president demanding the he immediately deliver Congress a written proposal to raise the debt ceiling.
“Given the significance of our debt-driven crisis and the historic importance of the negotiations, we believe it is imperative that the work towards any agreement be as transparent as possible so that American people have a chance for careful evaluation of the process free from political posturing,” the members wrote in the letter.
Rep. Tom Reed, who led the freshman lawmakers to the White House, told reporters the group doesn’t care if opposing a debt ceiling increase harms their reelection chances.
“We don’t care about reelection,” he said. “We felt it was incumbent to come to the White House because this is a critical issue.”
Members of the group added they will not agree to any debt ceiling proposal unless there are detailed spending cuts and timelines involved.
“We are coming down to crunch time, we need your plan,” Reed added. “Show us what your proposal is and let us have a good old-fashioned debate to get this house in order. We need to get this economy up and running and we can do this by putting together an American market
According to Reed, the letter was couriered to the White House Monday and the members have yet to receive a response. He added he would be happy to hand deliver it to a White House official, but none was on hand to receive it.
July 19th, 2011
07:58 AM ET
Obama's day ahead: Behind the scenes maneuvering?
Good morning from the White House. By all outward appearances, the president has a very light schedule this Tuesday, but it's likely the behind-the-scenes debt ceiling negotiations will continue at a fever pitch. The contrast between last week - when all the debt ceiling meetings were public - and this week's private talks is clear: with only 14 days remaining until the Treasury Department's August 2 deadline, perhaps all parties are buckling down - and trying to keep the chattering class out of it.
As for the events actually on the president's schedule today, he receives his daily briefing in the morning, followed by a closed-door meeting with senior advisers
Full schedule after the jump: