Obama reaches out to Boehner, Reid on budget call
April 2nd, 2011
06:38 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama reaches out to Boehner, Reid on budget call

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama made separate calls on Saturday to House Speaker John Boehner, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to discuss ongoing budget negotiations, according to a statement released by the White House.

In the weekly GOP address released before the call, Boehner made it clear that bipartisan cooperation was not immediately within reach. “You’ve heard Democratic leaders claim an agreement has been reached on this issue, but let me be clear,” he said. “There is no agreement. Republicans continue to fight for the largest spending cuts possible to help end Washington’s job-crushing spending binge.”

During the call, the president affirmed the need to cut spending and acknowledged progress toward reaching a bipartisan compromise to make $73 billion in spending cuts this year.

His team has been given a directive to work through the weekend and reach resolution on what will be eliminated, with an instruction to steer clear of any cuts that undermine economic growth, job creation and the ability to “win the future.” The president voiced opposition to cuts that undermine those goals and any efforts to use the negotiation process as a way to further political agendas unrelated to the reduction of the deficit and spending.

Though he recognized the progress made toward spending legislation, Obama warned that the process is running out of time, and encouraged both parties to reach a solution in time to avoid a shutdown of government and possible threat to economic recovery.

Following the call, Boehner spokesman, Michael Steel objected to the notion of a compromise, saying, "The speaker reminded the president that there is no 'deal' or agreement on a final number, and he will continue to push for the largest possible spending cuts."

Filed under: Budget • Harry Reid • John Boehner
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The extremist neo-cons who now are in control of the republican party, do not want to work with anyone. They see a government shutdown as a political ploy to get sympathy from the nation, when all along their plan only hurts middle class Americans and strengthens the wealthy, who own their soul through huge campaign contributions. Hopefully America will wake up before the wealthy minority control not only the wealth of the nation, but the government as well.

    April 2, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. rusty155

    If John Boehner don't Compromise It will be the Republican that cause the Government too SHUT DOWN and only the Republican. You can't have everything your way, I think 73 billion cuts spending Is Good this year. You can do It all at once Mr. Boehner. The other day I thought you sound Like you new want you was doing, than I guess you listen to the Tea party and that was your mistake. So If there A Government Shut down It will be the Republican FAULT and only the Republican.

    April 2, 2011 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Will

    The Greedy Oil Party aka GOP are such hypocrites. The ONLY time that the GOP complain about the deficit is when
    The Dems are in office. I just wish that the media would report the absolute facts that Reagan tripled the deficit,there was a surplus under Clinton,and bush more than doubled type deficit. You heard hardly a peep from the GOP. In the past 40 years, the GOP has spent more money than the Dems, and the GOP want to claim some type of moral authority on the subject. Give me a friggin break! In the past 40 years, I do not hear beck,limbaugh,hannity ever criticize the Greedy Oil Party. The GOP only care about turning this country into a fascist government. A fascist gov.is when businesses and the wealthy control govt. Just like Mussolini and the fascist corporations controlled Italy during World War II. The suprme court started the process when they allowed corporations to spend as much money as they wan to buy the election. This is just so much truth!!!!

    April 2, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  4. Nadeem

    Bohner is looking like a very weak negotiator, he keeps chaging his position costing him credibility.

    April 2, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  5. Larry L

    It's important to remind America these same Republicans who demand drastic cuts were the party-in-charge when the crisis was created. They cut income in tax revenue from the very wealthy but continued to spend recklessly. They used false accounting on the Iraq War and issued fat contracts to their friends. Can you say Haliburton? The recent self-rightous begavior is enough to make a person gag.

    April 2, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    The MORE President Obama "compromises" with Boehner and Reid – the further away the TP and their goals go!! As long as resolutions come about and it has "bipartisan" written all over it – the better off America will be. It's what the American people want and it does NOT have the TP name on it!!

    April 2, 2011 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  7. ted

    Boner is clearly an obstructionist to anything Obama wants to do. All Boner wants is more tax cuts for the rich and corporations so that they can create jobs, which by the way, they are not doing. I am tired of the GOP and it bs.

    April 2, 2011 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. Kenneth

    My way or NO way hunh Mr Boehner? woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

    April 2, 2011 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. Bill from GA

    The dems need to realize that the American people put them in charge of the Presidency, and the majority of the Senate. Does that mean nothing? Is it a government of the most stubborn, or hardest-headed? Does the will of the majority not matter?

    Pres. Obama and the dems compromised plenty last fall, with tax cuts for the rich, and others, that America can't afford. Let the repugs compromise now.

    April 2, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  10. jeanpauld

    Hateful rhetoric is a luxury reserved only for the undeservedly rich. Those who are deservedly rich speak gently and count their blessing. The truly humble are just that: Humble.

    April 2, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  11. terry,va

    Get back under your desk Obummie. You haven't had anything to do with the budget for over a year. Don't try to ask like you have made the deal and then cry foul when the repubs tell you to take a flying leap. We don't need anymore of your socialist programs.

    April 2, 2011 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    The President was able to reach boner on a weekend? I guess if he didn't go back to Ohio then he couldn't play golf because the weather was pretty nasty today!

    April 2, 2011 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  13. Patrick from Minnesota

    I'm all for cutting, as long as it starts with Republicans...

    April 2, 2011 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  14. riki_m1

    i think the photo shows he is going to play golf...

    April 2, 2011 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  15. Debbie from Arizona

    I would like the Republicans to explain how defunding Planned Parenthood, PBS, the EPA and cutting funds to WIC will create jobs. They ran on jobs, but have done nothing to create jobs. Their cuts will also cut jobs. If they actually want to put a dent in the deficit, cut subsidies to the oil companies, get rid of the corporate tax loopholes and end the Bush era tax cuts. They need to stop pandering to the Tea Party and listen to the majority of Americans instead.

    April 2, 2011 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  16. Poor Things

    No prisoners, No comporomise, All or None is a pi$$ poor way to do America's business GOP. The same people sent President Obama to the white house will be voting again in two years...and guess what? The tea party cannot save any of you sick little, deceptive baskets.

    April 2, 2011 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  17. jerry rowley

    obama has already idicated by his actions he has no idea how to budget...nothing he has said or done these past two years has made monetary sense...reach out..BS.

    April 3, 2011 01:18 am at 1:18 am |
  18. KathyC in Minnesota

    The spending cuts the GOPO want do not address JOB creation at all. The GOP want spending to help the Middle Class, the sick, the poor, and children CUT!!

    But to ask those who have benifited the most from the Bush Tax Cuts for the last 10 years to pitch in, eliminate Subsidies to Big Oil, Big Pharma, the Health Insurance industry, subsidies to Corporate Farmers and Big Tobacco is OFF THE TABLE!!! The GOP refuse to end that because these entities are the ones who fill their campaign coffers.

    What the GOP has shown all these years is that THEY are the ones who are the EXPERTS at wealth redistribution! Take from the poor and Middle Class and GIVE to the very wealthy.

    As Warren Buffett keeps saying. "You bet there is a Class warfare going on. My class is winning!"

    April 3, 2011 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  19. ss26mar

    As a FGW and a tea partier - shut her down until the democrats get some sense and start cuttting some costs

    April 3, 2011 02:17 am at 2:17 am |
  20. J.V.Hodgson

    Fed up of hearing No from Republicans and No ideas other than ideological views that the President has already said he would veto. Get rid of the addons like P Parenthood and defunding health care etc.
    They insisted on keeping $70bn of tax cuts to the rich and now cant accept a proposal that cuts 73bn becuase it aint $100bn or rather thier pet areas to cut, but democratic ideas.
    Get over this and use the time more profitably to discuss the 2011 budget where there is time for debate/cuts.
    Come On CNN its time to get real a shut down would destroy any budget cuts ( cost more) and damage a recovery that seems to be doing OK unemployment 8.8%!? Also the Republican cuts of Discretionary spending lead to more Job losses not creation.

    April 3, 2011 02:42 am at 2:42 am |
  21. Marry

    I long lost count of the “NO’s” and “HELL NO’s” of the GOP/TP. Must go into the thousands by now.

    April 3, 2011 04:18 am at 4:18 am |