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Obama Meeting With Senate Repubs, too

In response to With His Tail Tucked Firmly Between His Legs, Obama Reaches Out to Republicans:

He's meeting with  several Republican senators for dinner on Wednesday, (unless it's canceled due to the snow storm) "as part of his effort to revive talks to tackle the nation's long-term deficit", and will be addressing Senate Republicans at a lunch on March 14.

Perhaps that threat to defund his golf game has spurred him to action?

Via Townhall:

 Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the lunch will be an opportunity to discuss budget and economic issues.

A source, who asked not to be identified, said Obama also plans to meet with House of Representatives Democrats next week, although the date has not yet been set.

Wednesday's dinner meeting, to be held at a hotel near the White House, could be postponed, the White House said, as Washington faced heavy snow forecasts that already had closed most federal agencies.

In recent days, Obama has searched for common ground with senators who in the past have indicated a willingness to compromise on budget issues. The White House on Sunday suggested talks could center around a broad budget deal that includes new tax revenues as well as reforms to entitlement programs. These include the Medicare health care program for the elderly and disabled and Social Security retirement benefits - programs that are rapidly growing in cost as the population ages.

The Republican U.S. senators Obama has contacted recently include Bob Corker of Tennessee, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, Rob Portman of Ohio and Susan Collins of Maine, according to the senators or congressional aides. The White House declined to confirm the names.

Good luck with getting Republicans to go along with those "new tax revenues".


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