Obama Meeting With Senate Repubs, too
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?
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said the lunch will be an opportunity to discuss budget and economic issues.
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
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
Good luck with getting Republicans to go along with those "new tax revenues".