Obama speaks with Congressional leaders
December 27th, 2012
10:44 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama speaks with Congressional leaders

(CNN) - Before cutting his holiday vacation short, President Barack Obama phoned the top four leaders in the U.S. Congress - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Obama's communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced the call on Twitter:


A senior House GOP leadership aide said on his call with Obama, Boehner told the president that the Senate must act to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff. That echoes what Boehner has told the president in previous communications, including during their phone call Friday. Boehner also reaffirmed his view that the House has already acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff, according to the aide.

Obama left Hawaii Wednesday evening and is expected back in Washington Thursday mid-day.

CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


Filed under: Fiscal Cliff • President Obama
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Tommy G

    I'm sure he'll make up all that lost vacation time in a month or two.

    December 27, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Is it a good or a bad thing that the Tea Party did not seem to be directly represented at that meeting?

    December 27, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Linc

    He is worthless and might as well stayed on vacation. He wanted higher taxes and it looks like we are going to get them This is all just a political game to Obama to raise spending – nothing more.

    December 27, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. PJ

    "I'm sure he will make up all that lost vacation time in a month or two".
    Of course, he has a long way to go to match the President who holds the record for taking the most vacation time -
    GW Bush.
    Then we have Congress, who wouldn't give up a day of vacation time unless they were threatened with job loss.
    Odd, how much harder they work when campaigning than they do actually working out our problems.
    If they cared they would be in Washington, DC today, working for the good of the people they represent. After all,
    6 months of vacation/year isn't nearly enough for these lazy dolts.

    December 27, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    "...Boehner also reaffirmed his view that the House has already acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff, according to the aide."
    -------------------–
    This coming from the same man who had announced, with great fanfare that he had a "Plan B", which would defuse the crisis. He announced that he conduct a vote on it the next day. In other words, he knew at that time that more needed to be done and he was being pro-active in taking steps to resolve the problems.

    But, look at what really happened. Boehner reneged on his promised solution, cancelled the vote, and then cut and ran out of town. "It's your problem, Mr. President. I'm out!"

    The bill that the House passed has more draconian cuts than what the supposedly dreaded "fiscal cliff" contains. The bill isn't a serious proposal. It does not reflect the will of majority, not even in the House where Democrats won more votes than their Republican counterparts.

    December 27, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Larry L

    @Rudy NYC

    Is it a good or a bad thing that the Tea Party did not seem to be directly represented at that meeting?
    ================================================================================================ Tea Party Republicans have always maintained an ambivalence regarding the plight of working class Americans. Funded by a few billionaires, their mission creates fear and anger among predominately old, white, Evangelical, bigots. Since they do not actually want the Federal Government to succeed their presence is irrelevant.

    December 27, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Freddy

    Its a pittance either way the amount taxes will rise. As long as they do not adjust deductions it is not going to matter one bit to my household. Another(necessary) toy to write off for my recreation property – BFD and whoopee.

    December 27, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Anonymous

    "Boehner also reaffirmed his view that the House has already acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff, according to the aide."

    Such leadership as Boehner has shown is truly amazing. One could almost...almost feel pity on the Grand Old Party of misfits and fools. Come 2014, the pity party will truly understand the magnitude of it's ineptness and relevance in America. Oh, well. The GOP was want to dismiss polling in 2012. It's a safe bet they will continue to dismiss polling from now until 2014 as well.

    December 27, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Freddy

    Its a pittance either way the amount taxes will rise. As long as they do not adjust deductions it is not going to matter one bit to my household. Another(necessary) toy to write off for my recreation property – BFD and whoopee.
    ------------
    That's just it, though. Boehner's "one million dollar" offer raised the base rate on that bracket, while at the same time creating new deductions so that they would actually pay a lower effective rate.

    December 27, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. wwf

    Just what the helck do you think it is to the GOP? The only thing they care about is the upcomming primaries and the super rich. Glad to klnow that you are a millionare. How many jobs did you create over the last 4 years? I am an independent. I would not belong to either party if you paid me. That being said, the American people put the President., yes, like him or not, he is our President back into office. The 47% spolke out I guess. The Democrates also picked up seats in the Senate and the House. All of this because of taxes and people are tired of the GOP. Again, they picked up seats in the Senate and the House. If that does not tell you something, then the saying is true. "One cannot fix stupid"

    December 27, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  11. plain&simple

    The eyes of this nation are now open to the obstruction,the self-serving blind ambitions of a small group of people who call themselves freedom fighters,tea partiers. These people are the crux of the problem....the silence and timidly of mainstream republicans is sorrowful. People of conscience need to assert themselves through the power of voice and take our country and It's future back!!!

    December 27, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. WiredweirdinSF

    How does Feinstein plan on expaining to the criminals, dope addicts and welfare frauds that voted for Obama that he is now going to require them to register their stolen and illegal guns and be fingerprinted in the process. That is the liberal democrat thinker, Kinda stupid and flawed like putting "hair plug" Biden in charge of the effort. But it will make a lib feel good, cost lots of money and be totally ineffective, the perfect liberal ploy.

    December 27, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. Freddy

    Rudy NYC

    Freddy

    Its a pittance either way the amount taxes will rise. As long as they do not adjust deductions it is not going to matter one bit to my household. Another(necessary) toy to write off for my recreation property – BFD and whoopee.
    ----
    That's just it, though. Boehner's "one million dollar" offer raised the base rate on that bracket, while at the same time creating new deductions so that they would actually pay a lower effective rate.
    __________
    Great but it would never have gotten through the senate. Neither party is going to act before year end. Taxes will rise but they will go back in January and make adjustments. I am happy that you guys in the north have more expensive homes and higher costs of living because that will ensure inheritance taxes will also be adjusted also.

    December 27, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Hammerer

    It is time to say to the freeloaders that the free ride is over and stop punishing the successful of America by loading them with more payments to the "less fortunate" (freeloaders) and let the economy go over the "cliff".
    Some way the takers have taken the stance that the taxpayers owe them.
    Introduce them to work. No work no handouts.
    They elected Obama let them go to work and help him by paying taxes.

    December 27, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. fernace

    I think draconian cuts are appropiate– for the politicians who supposedly work for us! If they were treated as the regular workers they are & not the exalted, "cushy life" persons they are not, we could save billions of dollars & have a chance to vote for people who actually Care for their const.ituents! Why isn't that an option!? I believe our forefathers felt the only way to equally represent was if government was "of the people, for the people"! Not of the rich, coddeled & special interest, who can make them more wealthy! If we're taking the 2nd amendment verbatim, why not this!? There's so much $$$ spent on keeping politicians in the 2% bracket, keeping government departments "cushy" & wasteful spending by those who run them, that an inside "cleaning" is way overdue! Wouldn't that make more sense than cutting poor peoples means of getting food & healthcare!? Especially since those are the 1st things government goes after when we're having fiscal problems as a nation! Just an observation!!

    December 27, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. jpmichigan

    The month of November and part of December our President was still campaigning and not having one on one negotiations with the Republicans. He wants to go over the cliff and at the same time blame the republicans. He needs more spending money.

    December 27, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. TheVoice2

    Hammerer...you have been brain washed, just like the tea pads.

    For you, when it's the rich getting subsidies, tax loopholes, and tax breaks it is not a handout or free loading. Only if its the middle class or the poor that free load. If you do real intellegent research and realize who is really freeloading from the government you will find that big oil, wall street, corn subsidies, etc are the ones getting all the breaks. Trckle down economics was a big a lie as WMDs. You've been brain washed!!

    December 27, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    "It is time to say to the freeloaders that the free ride is over and stop punishing the successful of America by loading them with more payments to the "less fortunate" (freeloaders) and let the economy go over the "cliff"."

    Did you poll the all the redstaters before posting? They more than anyone should be coined America's freeloaders extraordinaire. They've had the system packed for decades. Don't see how they are going to enjoy working for a living ... as per your suggestion.

    December 27, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    "The House has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. Senate Democrats have not," said the spokesman, Michael Steel.
    ------------------–
    The right wing has been complaining that the President has been out campaigning, instead of negotiating. They complain that the Senate has not proposed or offered a solution yet. Actually, the Senate passed a package for stuff that everyone supposedly agreed on: protecting the rate below $250K, unemployment, etc. President Obama hit the road while the House was in recess following the general election, bringing to light that there was a bill waiting for the House to pass that he "sign today" if they would only vote on it and pass it.

    So, yeah. Pres. Obama has been "out campaigning". The right wing just won't tell you what it is that he's been campaigning for, which is the middle class.

    December 27, 2012 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. FREEDOM

    Is Las Vegas his next stop?

    December 27, 2012 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  21. Hammerer

    "Did you poll all the redstates-–"
    No matter where freeloaders live Obama's agenda is to punish the successful and reward the failures.

    December 27, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  22. ghostriter

    Hammerer, I think the point is that quite a few of those freeloaders are republicans. Which kinda blows a hole in your theory.

    December 27, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    ghostriter

    Hammerer, I think the point is that quite a few of those freeloaders are republicans. Which kinda blows a hole in your theory.
    ---------------–
    You're talking facts. Another fact is that 70% of all of the money spent on Medicare, Medicaid and Welfare went towards people who voted for Mitt Romney. There's a whole, whole lot of seniors in nursing homes with costly, long term ailments who voted for Romney, you know.

    December 27, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |