Obama invites congressional leaders to White House
November 9th, 2012
01:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama invites congressional leaders to White House

(CNN) - President Barack Obama is inviting bipartisan leaders from the Senate and the House of Representatives for a White House meeting, a senior administration official confirmed Friday.

A Democratic aide says the invitation was extended for next Friday to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

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The meeting comes amid talks about a deficit-reduction plan which Obama addressed in White House remarks on Friday.

If Congress fails to come to an agreement on a debt reduction package by the end of the year, everybody's taxes will go up, he said.

"That makes no sense," he said. "It would be bad for the economy."

Obama stood by his position that additional revenues are an important component of deficit reduction.

"If we're serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue," he said. "That means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes."


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  1. Tommy G

    Just another photo op. Don't even bother going unless Obama and the Democrats reveal their secret plans to fix the budget the fiscal mess they have created. They have revealed no plans in the last four years and attacked the Republicans for having plans. Now it is time for Obama to show that they didn't vote for another 4 years of an empty leisure suit in the Whitehouse.

    November 9, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    Yeah, good luck with that Mr. President but don't expect them to respond, at which case you should just roll right over them and get the People's business done! The problem with congress is they represent tiny pockets of angry individuals who are able to hold the entire country hostage at the expense of the rest of us. Ironically, they mostly represent the poor red states that rely on the wealthy blue states to keep them afloat. The first piece of legislation that should be enacted is one that stops the flow of tax dollars to those red states and the citizens within who voted against their own best interests. They don't like federal government? Fine – they need to stop living off the federal largess!

    November 9, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. just sayin

    >Malory Archer
    >The first piece of legislation that should be enacted is one that stops the flow of tax dollars to those red states and the citizens >within who voted against their own best interests. They don't like federal government? Fine – they need to stop living off the >federal largess!

    so you propose using the power of the federal government to starve states of tax money thay they send to washington while forcing democrat decrees on them? is this the revenge that obama was talking about? it sounds like you are advocating a second civil war. you need psychiatric tretment.

    November 9, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. MrBeenThere

    So Blind...................... they have (Dem's) had a plan on the table for over three years, the Republicans have flat out rejected it and tried to rape the American people with there Paul Ryan plan. Mr. Bonehead Boehner and the stooges better start thinking and doing what is for the good of the country not there own party.

    November 9, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The invitation has been issued.
    Let's see how THEY respond THIS time around now that they can no longer try an keep him from getting re-elected.

    As that Bud beer commercial says: "HERE WE GO"!!!!!

    November 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Montykoolaid

    Time for Congress to WORK TOGETHER.

    Way to go Mr. Prez!

    November 9, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Mo Money

    More of the same Mr. President. Have a nice trip. Seems he's always going the opposite direction the nation needs him to.

    November 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. jredd

    I hate to say this but i truely feel the white house should stall and let everybody taxes go up,then and only then would are elected officials take real action.

    November 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  9. Travis

    "The president said in remarks at the White House Friday that if Congress fails to come to an agreement on a debt reduction package by the end of the year, everybody's taxes will go up."

    Really? Does that include tax increases for the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives? Somehow, I kinda doubt that.

    November 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    You know how these people are, how treacherous and uncooperative and un-American.
    You know they quite possibly hate your guts.
    So you go ahead Mr. President and do WHATEVER you need to do to get the job done and get the results you know would best benefit Americans.
    We have re-affirmed to one and all that we trust your leadership, do what you gotta do.

    November 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  11. FREEDOM

    Why does he always need people in stands behind him??? Can he not ever be standing by himself like a confident man with real ideas? Truly an empty suit / chair. Half the country knows this, and always have. We also know his policies are what got us into this mess in the first place. Spending, spending, spending. He doesn't care about any American – he wants to see us implode.

    November 9, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  12. Lemone

    "Boehner better make the deal" in my Sollazzo voice from "The Godfather"

    November 9, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  13. Malory Archer

    just sayin

    >Malory Archer

    so you propose using the power of the federal government to starve states of tax money thay they send to washington while forcing democrat decrees on them? – No, I propose that states shouldn't receive more tax dollars back from the federal government than they pay in as it's tantamount to stealing from other states.

    Is this the revenge that obama was talking about? – No, it's making everyone pay their fair share – isn't that what the neocons advocate?

    It sounds like you are advocating a second civil war. – No, it sounds like I'm advocating what the neocons are always whining about.

    you need psychiatric tretment. – No, you need a good reading comprehension course followed by a few civics classes.

    November 9, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  14. California Gary

    I'm glad to see the president holding his ground on the tax issue. Sorry Mr. Speaker, but your guy lost the election and that means you don't get to implement his tax policy. The voters already settled that issue and they sided with the president's approach. Get on board or get left behind. If the GOP damages our economy and our credit rating again by playing political games......it will not be forgotten in the next election cycle.

    November 9, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. Malory Archer

    Mo Money

    More of the same Mr. President. Have a nice trip. Seems he's always going the opposite direction the nation needs him to.

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    No, it seems he's going in the direction that the MAJORITY OF VOTERS want us to go! Things are going to get better with our without the minority's help. It would be nice to have their help, but if since they refuse they just need to get out of the way.

    November 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. Malory Archer

    Travis

    "The president said in remarks at the White House Friday that if Congress fails to come to an agreement on a debt reduction package by the end of the year, everybody's taxes will go up."

    Really? Does that include tax increases for the President, the Senate and the House of Representatives? Somehow, I kinda doubt that.

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    Then you're kinda ignorant! The President & congressional pay are taxable just like everyone else who works for a living!

    November 9, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  17. just sayin

    >"The president said in remarks at the White House Friday that if Congress fails to come
    >to an agreement on a debt reduction package by the end of the year, everybody's taxes will go up."

    but they were supposed to go up because all of those reductions were temporary due to the recession. we have a trillion dollar deficit and the country cannot afford to keep borrowing all that money. it is just not right by our children.

    obama and the democrats have said the economy is now good and unemployment is better. time to start taxing everybody like we did in the 90s like they said. roll all of these temporary tax cuts back because like the democrats said, tax cuts don't create jobs.

    seriously people, what is the big decision here? actually you don't need to do anything. just let the current stuff expire and all those new obamacare taxes come into effect and we'll be golden. the budget deficit will go down a lot and the democrats will finally get all the tax money they have been demanding.

    November 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  18. Mo Money

    Nothing new here...move along sheeple. BO will insist on stealing from the rich to give to the lazy and illegal. Half of America is with you Speaker Boehner...HOLD THE LINE!

    November 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  19. V in Chicago

    @ Travis – what part of "Everbody" don't you understand? Yes, their taxes will go up as well.

    November 9, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  20. Dem in DC!

    Everybody needs to let the President do what he does best, and that is to Lead the people! Evidently somebody's dictionary needs to be dusted off. The President said everybody's taxes goes up. What part don't you get! The decisions made in the White house affect everybody. I am the 47%, and i am ready for some changes to be made. Starting at the top!

    November 9, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Mo Money

    What is the price tag on 20 million illegals to the tax payers?

    November 9, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. Wire Palladin, S. F

    Obama won by three million votes, and the crazy right wingnuts think they won the election?

    November 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. V in Chicago

    "Why does he always need people in stands behind him??? Can he not ever be standing by himself like a confident man with real ideas? Truly an empty suit / chair. Half the country knows this, and always have. We also know his policies are what got us into this mess in the first place. Spending, spending, spending. He doesn't care about any American – he wants to see us implode."
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    You are either a complete moron or just so hate filled that you can't think straight. Whichever, God help you!

    As for the "half of the country knows this" – then explain to me, in your limited capability, why he won the popular vote. Which, by the way, means that more than 50% of the people who voted, voted for him.

    November 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. Travis

    @ Malory Archer and V in Chicago
    And you don't think they all know ways to keep that tax hike against them down? Need I remind you that most of these people have legal degrees?

    November 9, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  25. V in Chicago

    "Half of America is with you Speaker Boehner...HOLD THE LINE!"
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    You folks on the Right must have taken the same math class as Romney and Ryan. Since the President won the popular vote, that means that over 50% of the people are standing with Him! Seriously!!

    November 9, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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