Sources: White House led bipartisan spending cuts meeting set for Thursday afternoon
March 3rd, 2011
10:07 AM ET
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Sources: White House led bipartisan spending cuts meeting set for Thursday afternoon

Washington (CNN) – White House officials led by Vice President Joe Biden will meet for the first time Thursday afternoon with House and Senate leaders in both parties to begin negotiations on major differences over spending cuts, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN.

The meeting, scheduled for 4 pm ET in the Capitol, was prompted by congressional Democrats who implored the White House to get more involved in the battle with Republicans over spending.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate had been reluctant to sit down for negotiations with Democrats, saying they don’t know what their position is, since the Senate has yet to pass a spending bill to fund the government for the rest of the year.

House Republicans passed a bill cutting spending by $61 billion this year.

On the Senate floor Thursday morning, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell pushed Democrats to “present their plan.”

“We're happy to go to the meeting, but putting a meeting on the schedule doesn’t change the fact that neither the White House nor a single Democrat in Congress that would allow the government to remain open, and would respond to the voters by reigning in spending. All we get is talk,” said McConnell.

There are now two weeks to negotiate before the current stopgap measure funding the government runs out, on March 18th.


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  1. DENNA

    If President Obama cut spending back to 1950s level, the Republicans would still say that it isn't enough. Republicans don't want bipartisanship, they want it all their way. They are beholden to the Tea Party and the corporate interests. They can't work for us because they have to please their masters. I find it interesting that they spent two years not producing a single piece of useful legislation, yet they still got back in. However, the governor of Wisconsin is excoriating the Democrats for doing the same thing the Republicans did. Oh, the Republicans didn't run away, they just didn't do anything to earn the enormous salaries we pay them. Why don't all of the Republicans take a pay cut and pay more for their health care? If they did, then they would be leading the way. But no, they want to take away from people who don't have much to begin with. I love conservative "values". Also, where are the jobs you promised? America is still woefully unemployed. Tea Party – don't you care about jobs in America? Or was your only aim to stop President Obama from moving America forward with good paying jobs? We are in a terrible mess.

    March 3, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. NewMalthus

    Ah, those Dems just want to pretend that GAO report just didn't happen dont they. 100 Billion in duplicative spending it found. Makes the 64 Billion the Repubs are cutting look like small potatos. Cut wast fraud and abuse the Dems always say. Well, the GAO just identified 100 billion plus of it, so cut it and cut it now.

    March 3, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. PalmReader

    "All we get is talk,” said McConnell."

    Same here, McConnell. Been getting nothing but talk from GOPers for going on – oh – 3 years now. You might want to stop lying to the TeaPers as well. Seems they're on to all you TeaPer appeasers. From the looks of it, they aren't too happy with their *adopted* party. Not that I'm a TeaPer, mind you. Just not into the whole *my way or the highway* scene. Or taking rights away from hard working folks just trying to make a decent living. Or piting neighbor against neighbor. Or taking from the poor to give unto the wealthy. Or less is best. Or second admendment remedies. Or . . . well . . . you get the picture.

    March 3, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. terry, va

    I hope this is not another smoke and mirrors deal like the health care meeting was by Obummie and his band of fools. We need serious cuts to our debt. Just a couple days ago a report came out talking about 300 billion in waste. Obummie has ignored his own debt reduction committee and has not proposed any cuts to his budget. His response to everything is to spend more. He is the greatest "enabler" this country has ever seen. He gives his fix to the 99 weekers that has now 3 years on unemployment benefits and the welfare people to get their votes. At the same time he and his administration have polices in effect to cause gas to go to $4 by summer. The working man does have a chance in Obummie's world. You are either rich, which he is trying to take our money too, or you are dependate on his socialist welfare handouts.

    March 3, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Harry Wortz

    I think the Tea Partiers are about to learn what the term compromise means. But at what cost because there ain't no such thing as a free lunch?

    March 3, 2011 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  6. terry, va

    When is the community organizer and the union rebel going to step up and be the president of the US and not president of minorities. (For all you people out there yesterday that wanted to make something racial out of my minority comment, the context it was delivered in as it is today, meant few in numbers not skin color.) His budget needs to eliminate ineffective social programs, as well as take on federal union workers. We the people in the top 1-2% are tired of paying 47% of all the money Obuumie rakes in and don't get any more benefit for our money than people that don't contribute at all. I am my brother's keeper, but I don't have 100 million brothers. If I did I'd tell them with tough love, "get down and get it bro. I'd rather pick crap with chickens than take a hand out"

    March 3, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Whatever happened to McCain's 'I'll find you $100 billion tomorrow?' Oh, suddenly after realizing they can't touch medicare and social security (angering their senior base) the military (their conservative base and corporate contrator donors) the farm subsidies, corporate subsidies, oil subsidies (campaign donors) and tax cuts (rich and corporate donors) they realized there is NOTHING really to cut in the budget! We BARELY spend anything else! Everything they are proposing to cut is less than 3% of the budget!
    Sure, it's everybody ELSE who should make the sacrifice... except our OWN political base and OUR campaign donors!

    March 3, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. terry, va

    I guess you can say taxpayers are the minority in this country. 1-2% of us pay 41% not 47% as my earlier typo said. Maybe in need to hire a typist as Obummie's policies aren't creating jobs. Obummie will have to cut spending or the government WILL shutdown. Don't worry Obummie supporters, the check will still roll in. You just won't be able to eat your picnic lunch in our federal parks.

    March 3, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |