November 16th, 2012
01:22 PM ET
Congressional leaders strike postive tone after "constructive" White House meeting
The bipartisan leadership of Congress sounded optimistic what they addressed reporters outside the entrance to the West Wing on Friday following their meeting with the president, vice president and members of the White House economic team. House Speaker John Boehner spoke first, calling the meeting "constructive" and vowing to keep additional revenue on the table:
Next, Majority Leader Harry Reid stepped up to the the microphone. Using the common parlance of Washington D.C., Reid also called the meeting "constructive," repeatedly saying that he felt "very good" about what the leaders discussed, and promising not to wait until the last possible moment to get a deal done:
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke next, emphasizing that her priority was to send a strong signal to consumers and the markets that the leaders are committed to finding a solution. Pelosi also acknowledged that if they aren't able to find a solution, the consequences could be severe: FULL POST
November 16th, 2012
07:37 AM ET
POTUS' Day Ahead: Fiscal cliff negotiations begin
Today President Obama begins negotiations with congressional leaders on how to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff – severe budget cuts and tax increases that are set to go into effect at the end of the year. House Speaker John Boehner, Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will all come to the White House at 10:15 for a meeting with the president and the Vice President Biden in the Roosevelt Room. Later Obama and Biden will meet with civic organizations and other outside groups for yet another listening session on the potential impacts of going over the fiscal cliff.
There is no press briefing today. Here's the schedule as released by the White House: FULL POST
June 16th, 2011
12:18 PM ET
Weiner's decision revealed at White House picnic
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner did not attend the picnic for members of Congress and their staffs at the White House Wednesday night, but that's where some of his colleagues found out he was going to resign.
As CNN's Dana Bash reported, the news of Weiner's impending resignation over a "sexting" scandal started with a phone call to fellow New York Rep. Steve Israel. Sources say Weiner called Israel, who was at the White House Congressional picnic, to tell him. Israel then gave the phone to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who also was at the White House event, so that Weiner could officially inform the leader of his decision.
All of this was unfolding as hundreds of lawmakers, staff and their families roamed the South Lawn of the White House, listening to a live U.S. Navy band and indulging in picnic fair with “corny dog” and kettle corn stations, as well as fried chicken and hamburgers.
Bash's source said that Israel and Pelosi went near a tree on the White House grounds to talk to Weiner privately. Weiner told them that he was resigning, and was very remorseful about what he did to his family and his colleagues, especially for causing such a distraction, the source added. Weiner also told Israel and Pelosi that he had talked to his wife, who returned Wednesday from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Pelosi said Thursday that Weiner will hold a news conference later in the day. She said she would issue a statement after Weiner's news conference.
December 6th, 2010
01:37 PM ET
House Dems to meet with Obama, Biden on taxes
Washington (CNN) – Two Democratic congressional aides tell CNN Congressional Correspondent Brianna Keilar that House Democratic leaders are going to the White House to meet with Vice President Joe Biden at 2 pm to discuss how to move forward with extending the Bush era tax cuts. The same group was also expected to meet with President Obama this afternoon as soon as he returns to the White House from North Carolina. The group is expected to include Speaker Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Rep. Steny Hoyer.
November 5th, 2010
07:28 PM ET
Obama backs Pelosi - sort of
MUMBAI, India (CNN) - It wasn't quite a presidential endorsement, but it was warm enough that outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will take it.
White House aides are signaling late Friday that President Obama expects that Pelosi will probably win her bid for House Minority Leader and he's looking forward to working with her if she does win, even though the prospect of Pelosi staying front and center will cause heartburn among conservative Democrats and wild cheering by Republicans.