Obama to meet with Republican senators
March 6th, 2013
07:12 AM ET

Obama to meet with Republican senators

Washington (CNN) - Although there are no open press events on President Obama’s schedule today, he will have dinner tonight with a group of Republican senators, CNN’s Jim Acosta confirmed. The president has been reaching out to members of both parties in an effort to reach a deal on deficit reduction and address other items on his agenda, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said.

During the day Wednesday the president will receive his daily briefing, have lunch with the vice president and meet with Treasury Secretary Lew. A previously scheduled visit today from the Alabama Crimson Tide has been postponed due to weather, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

Official White House schedule:

11:00 a.m.: Obama and Biden receive daily briefing (Oval Office, closed press)

12:30 p.m.: Obama and Biden meet for lunch (Private dining room, closed press)

3:00 p.m.: Obama and Biden meet with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (Oval Office, closed press)

Press Briefing: 12:00 p.m.

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  1. John

    These "Washington 500" still are not getting it. We need to cut to a point where these clowns need to think about the difficult choices that need to be made on ongoing cuts.
    When this government makes decisions to spend the choices shouldn't be easy and the money should not seem like it is "unlimited" for them. I am all for cutting loop holes if the money is used to cut what this country owes.

    March 6, 2013 at 8:51 am |
    • John

      Where is that "Steven" guy who was so sure CNN does not hold back negative stories when things aren't going well for Obama? It seems to me during the election, and other times where Obama seemed to have the "upper hand" over repubs we would constantly see pro Obama and con repub stories.
      I wonder why this 1600 section of this site is sooooo quite these days??

      March 7, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
  2. Moose

    With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it's worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.

    Like the "Chief Calligrapher," Patricia A. Blair, who has an annual salary of $96,725, and her two deputies, Debra S. Brown, who gets paid $85,953 per year, and Richard T. Muffler, who gets paid $94,372 every year.
    You just cant make this stuff up !!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm |
    • John

      In an internal email, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Official Charles Brown said he asked if he could try to spread out the sequester cuts to minimize the impact. He was outright told by the WH not to do anything to "minimize anything that would lessen the dire impacts of the sequester".
      Anyway, if we are listing stuff;
      $500,000 on new TSA Uniforms
      Staff Portraits;
      EPA Admin. Lisa Jackson – $38,500
      Air Force Sec. Michael Donnelly – $41,200
      Commerce Sec John Bryson – $22,500
      Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack – $22,500

      March 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
    • John

      One more thing – with all the shi^ Obama has been talking the CBO comes out and states the "government took in a record # of income of 2.7 trillion in 2012. This, while 48% of Americans paid no income tax and the top 10% of earners paid 80+% of all taxes.
      How do you blind followers keep listening and following this proven liar and the liars he put in place? Over 2 thousand illegal criminals were let go BEFORE THE SEQUESTER? We were told yesterday there were longer lines at LAX and O"Hare by Napolitano – another outright lie as it turned out. We were told teachers were being laid off last week because of the sequester – another outright lie. Now we hear the "WH Tours are being cancelled? Have you ever been to a WH tour? The tour guide is a not for pay volunteer. The tour consists of a walk through parts of the WH. How much is this tour cancellation saving the American people?

      March 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
      • Pete

        @john,if you're so worried about money ask the government where the 2.7 trillion is in lost monies that started under Reagan your hero stealing from SocialSecurity with Allan Greenspan to balance his federal budget..Reagans plan was raising contributions double to SocialSecurity than taking off the top the original contribution to balance his problems,nice ha and I didn't get an IUO ,did you!!

        March 13, 2013 at 10:46 am |
      • John

        I am not a repub, as you seem to assume. I am a concerned American who sees this country in trouble with no real leadership from either party. But, overall, I think Regan was good for this country. Clinton was not, GW was not and Obama is not.

        March 15, 2013 at 7:28 am |
  3. Obama argues with himself

    Meets with republicans for another 7 minutes?

    March 6, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
  4. moose

    The White House says North Korea's government should be focused on the well-being of its citizens, not on "celebrity sporting events" to entertain the country's elite. maybe he should run around with clooney, jay-z etc, what a hypocrite !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  5. Marie

    Which Republicans is Obama meeting with- and what exactly is the point. Again, CNN leaves these details out. Obama is going to soon have to accept that taxes are not going up anytime soon, so HE is going to have to do something. Taxes have already gone up on the rich and the payroll tax cut expired.

    March 6, 2013 at 9:40 pm |
    • Marie

      But hopefully this is a good sign...

      March 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm |
  6. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Better is open rebuke
    Than love that is concealed.
    Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
    But deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.
    Proverbs 27:5-6

    March 8, 2013 at 7:48 am |
  7. sue

    same ol idiots on this post with nothing to say about politics or policy just bashing. Your numbers are chump change compared to the shrub administration but you persist. try reading facts for a change you nimrods. Moose is that a comment about your breath. ????

    March 8, 2013 at 11:24 am |
    • steveo

      same ol idiots on this post with nothing to say about politics or policy just bashing
      I hope you realize that is EXACTLY what you just did. Does the word HYPOCRITE ring a bell? It should! You pop in here toss insults, add NOTHING to the debate, and disappear for a while! You don't hang around to defend your position, and I really don't blame you because tossing insults and running is NOT a position!

      March 8, 2013 at 1:12 pm |
    • Caramon

      Nice try Steveo. Sue is one of those people who gives the same comment about once a week just to be heard. In fact, I think it is word for word the same thing she said last time.

      Actually, I was hoping December might join in the near future. Considering December's view on Drones it would be interesting to hear his comments on the Rand Paul filibuster.

      March 8, 2013 at 1:51 pm |
      • steveo

        Howdy, Caramon. This place is almost a ghost town. As far as folks tossinng insults and nothing more, I realize it happens from folks on both sides. It just appears to me, that is all Sue does! As far as Drones and Paul, Hopefully, we will get the AG decision IN WRITING!

        March 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm |
      • Caramon

        I would have loved to read some of the twitter feeds while he was speaking.

        March 8, 2013 at 2:19 pm |
      • steveo

        I would love to read fresh stories and comments here!

        March 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm |
      • Moose

        I really think that boy had a breakdown, his blogs were from left field, it was just to easy to crank him up, all kidding aside, i really think he went over the edge

        March 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        I commend Rand Paul and his cohorts for making an effort with their filibuster. Nowadays, all it takes is a wink and a nod. Brennan will be confirmed eventually but that wasn't the point. The filibuster was meant to put drone policy back into the conversation, which is fine because it involves the CIA as well. The NeoCons don't like it but there needs to be more transparency and clarity over the laws regarding drone strikes, no matter where it is used. It does not mean we should stop going after terrorists, but we should do so within our laws, and to do that the laws regarding drone strikes must be well defined.

        March 9, 2013 at 10:12 am |
      • Caramon

        Thanks for the input December. It was a good old fashioned filibuster. It did bring the potential of drone strikes on our soil into the light. I was very disappointed with John McCain's response.

        March 9, 2013 at 12:19 pm |
      • Steveo

        Caramon, I was also disappointed in McCain.

        March 9, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
      • Caramon

        considering Rand Paul's filibuster received some Democratic support, it was a good opportunity for the Republicans to stand together on an issue. It isn't even a controversial issue.

        March 10, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • Moose

      Im sorry your so miserable, trying getting a life !!!!! LOL

      March 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • John

      Chump Change Sue? How about 2.2 billion for "free" cell phones?

      March 11, 2013 at 10:23 am |
  8. steveo

    What is going on with the 1600 Report? It used to be lively AND frequently UPDATED! What is going on, CNN?

    March 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm |
    • Moose

      I think they got tired of hearing all the lame excuses for bammans ineptness, i sure have !!!

      March 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Possibly they don't have the access they once had, remember when they'd report anything and everything, even what the dog was doing?

      March 9, 2013 at 6:45 am |
      • Steveo

        You may be on to something there!

        March 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
    • Dan B

      No more election... No more interesting news about him, just the same old stuff.

      March 10, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • C-Lo

      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/12/former-administration-insider-skewers-obama-national-security-team/ is what happened to this blog. 6 months-3 years ago, it was all about Obama's campaign, oops, I mean "policy" speeches and the reaction. It was 2 years of uber-liberal attempts at policy summiting with Obamacare and the political fallout of the Repubs retaking the House, followed by 2 years of Papa Bear cutting off the spending allowance of Baby Bear because Baby Bear just wanted to pass all of his allowance to his forrest friends and keep asking Papa Bear for more money.

      Now, with no executionable agenda, a Middle East in deeper termoil than when he came in, no reason to campaign and an economy sputtering on its last breath–what the heck does the "1600 Report" have to report?

      Steveo, we lost the potus election, but I don't think we've lost the overall battle. I have a feeling the W/H and this blog will be pretty quiet for a while, until B.O. kicks into campaign mode for the mid-terms and then for his bid to abolish Amendments II and XXII. Although, from here in Colorado, it appears the effort toward II is already well under assault and he and his lapdog Biden made the libs here feel all warm and gushey.

      I've been away a while trying to effect some change and sanity in the new Berkeley of the East. Hope all is well with you.

      March 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm |
      • steveo

        Good to see back C-Lo. As far as losing the overall battle, that really depends on the unity of the GOP. As an example, the GOP kept saying no the new taxes in January, the end result is new taxes, no cuts! Now in March The Senate Dems are working on their version of a budget that contains new taxes and no balanced budget! The GOP is saying no to the new taxes, just like they said no in January! Who is going to blink first? The GOP blinked in January! It is gut check time! To here the president say, there is not debt crisis is mond boggling. Whe you borrow 40% o fyoru budget, YOU HAVE A DEBT CRISIS. In fairness, this did not start under Obama but is certainly getting worst better under him either!

        I saw a news clip of him condemning the $9T deficit under Bush, The deficit is now $16T! So how can $9T be an issue but $16T is not?

        March 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
      • steveo

        Let me redo this

        Good to see you back C-Lo. As far as losing the overall battle, that really depends on the unity of the GOP. As an example, the GOP kept saying no the new taxes in January, the end result is new taxes, no cuts! Now in March The Senate Dems are working on their version of a budget that contains new taxes and no balanced budget! The GOP is saying no to the new taxes, just like they said no in January! Who is going to blink first? The GOP blinked in January! It is gut check time! To hear the president say, there is not debt crisis is mind boggling. When you borrow 40% of your budget, YOU HAVE A DEBT CRISIS. In fairness, this did not start under Obama but is certainly getting worst under him .
        I saw a news clip of him condemning the $9T deficit under Bush, The deficit is now $16T! So how can $9T be an issue but $16T is not?

        All better!

        March 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm |
      • steveo

        the new Berkeley of the East
        Last thing I knew you were in Colorado! Still there?
        That little pot law going on out there....gives a new meaning to "Rocky Mountain High"! John Denver must be spinning!

        March 14, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Still here, but not for long. WY is looking better and better. My 17 round "High Capacity" handgun magazines are now illegal to hand over to my wife so she can practice self defense nor can I use hers to train. Take a look at Colorado HB 13-1224...Bloomburp inspired legislation that is making us NYC of the West. It is out of control. But that's ok, we can all just get baked and not worry about the downfall of this great state. We are quickly getting Californicated (hence the Berkeley of the East reference).

        March 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm |
      • C-Lo

        Sorry, on a little bit of a local tyrade there–nationally, a debt crisis it is not, that emplies there may be room to recover. The only way we are getting out of this is by HIGHLY painful inflation or national bankruptcy (one may lead to the other). 2 suggested readings for you are "Web of Debt," highly informative about the control of the FED, but with Commie/collectivest solutions at the end. The other is "Bankruptcy of Our Nation" which provides some very different insight to the Iraq War and how it was a matter of national security, but in ways most have no idea about. I am not implying here that it was "right" or "wrong," but the insight from this book tells a story that put things in a completely different perspective.

        March 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • C-Lo

        PS "Bankruptcy of Our Nation" provides the steps an INDIVIDUAL should consider in light of the looming economic crash...

        March 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm |
      • Steveo

        Trust me, I don't mind the rant C-Lo. I wish you the best whatever you decide for you and your family.

        March 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm |
  9. jerry

    obummer is getting real stale. People know they made a mistake in voting for this fraud. He was behind the sequester when his manipulation of the GOP failed last time and he trying the same now...got the idiot McCain all upset and blowing his mouth off, this gets nothing done...but then obama has got nothing done in over four years but promoted division and court struggles, failed foreign and domestic policy...the community organizer continues...blah blah blah.

    March 9, 2013 at 10:03 am |
    • Dan B

      I liked and voted for McCain, but I didn't get why he was upset. I think his political days might be running out. I wonder if he'll run in 2016.

      March 10, 2013 at 8:46 pm |
  10. Dale

    “Seniors of Both Parties of Congress and Senate ”are incapable of passing anything until they get,
    “” Permission from Special Interests Lobbies and Big Contractors first ””.
    Special Interest “ Price Gouging ” Defense Contractors, “”Need term Limits””

    March 10, 2013 at 4:22 pm |
  11. James

    What could possibly be accomplished in 45 minutes ???–What a DA thing to do. I can only hope that the Reps and Dems will continue a dialog with Obama and each other–

    March 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm |
    • Dan B

      They're going to have to if Obama wants anything done in the next four years.

      March 10, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
  12. Frank Marshall Davis

    Anyone watch Stossel last night? I found the segment on how our elected officials live in DC the most interesting. As they said, the housing market in DC is recession proof, which tells you they don't care about the rest of us.

    March 11, 2013 at 6:08 am |
    • John

      I am sure the property in and around Rome during the end days was the most expensive.

      March 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm |
  13. T

    ....Senate GOP.........the LAST COMPASSIONATE CONSERVATIVES.........the rest are a bunch of MO rons......

    March 13, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
  14. T

    .....Cut and END..........that ..."duplicate, unwanted, unnecessary, JET ENGINE", that Boehner INSISTED be built in HIS DISTRICT............
    ..............What, you thought we FORGOT?

    March 13, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • steveo

      EVERY Congressman/ woman, fights for something their district! EVERY ONE OF THEM (DEMS included).

      The problem with the GOP is the slogan,"Let's cut, but not from my district"
      The problem with the Dems is the slogan "What do you mean, cut?"

      March 14, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
      • Caramon

        Why Steveo, it almost seems as though you believe our politicians are all to blame. Yep, I would agree. I think I need to apply for an internship. They make far more than I do.

        March 14, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
      • steveo


        Your as-sessment as to who gets the blame (in my humble opinion) would be correct, my friend!

        March 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm |
      • steveo


        I am hoping some of the young guns can change the way Congress does business. We will see!

        March 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
      • Caramon

        Unfortunately Steveo, it is not likely to change unless we all send a very clear message to DC. That won't happen as long as people are content on insulting across the aisle. We all should begin to question those we support. After all, they do answer to US.

        March 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
      • steveo


        Agreed 100% but every two years we have the opportunity to send a clear message to DC! So it seems all the blame does not belong to the politicans. Some blame goes to voters as well! We keep sending them up there! I was watching the debate between Sens. Feinstein and Cruz. Sen Feinsten said she sat on her commitee for 20 years! She is not the only one but 20 years? She has been there so long, DC is her reality! What is her idea of a new idea, something from 15-20 years ago?

        March 15, 2013 at 11:29 am |
  15. steveo

    White House tours cut, military tuition assistance cut, the government STILL offering $26 a hour internships ...priceless! That does not include the $85K internship at NASA! Yay!

    March 14, 2013 at 3:09 pm |
  16. Dan B

    The problem is that Congress as a whole has a historically low approval rating, yet individual congressman in their district are well liked. Same with senators, but not to the same extent. And the bipartisan senators get rewarded with losses... Richard Lugar, Scott Brown, etc.

    March 15, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
  17. uncdig

    Her's another cut – cut the Being Biden production budget – making home moneys of the buf foon – should be a campaign expense – not something Americans pick up – let's save those dollars and give them back to the marines who "Don't have enough money to buy bullets".

    March 16, 2013 at 8:55 am |
    • Steveo

      I agree, he needs to help govern and not star in a reality show. I am not saying this show is Biden's fault or idea BUT he is in it and could have said no! With a weak economy, and other issues, does he really have time for this?

      March 17, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  18. uncdig

    I like how C N & N have left this article from March 8 up. I guess Obama must be paying advertising rates on it. Guess nothing significant has happened in the Obama Admin for 11 days.

    March 18, 2013 at 9:04 pm |