May 16th, 2012
03:50 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama, congressional leaders talk about debt

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and congressional leaders met Wednesday to discuss upcoming budget deadlines, one day after House Speaker John Boehner drew a line in the sand over what could be another bitter showdown between the White House and Congress later this year.

The president focused on his "to-do list" for Capitol Hill, a five-step plan of fiscal policies the White House says is aimed at building economic growth. But Boehner's office said the meeting largely centered on the next scheduled debt ceiling hike, set to go to a vote at the end of the year, along with a "fiscal cliff" of expiring tax policies and new spending cuts coming before Congress, all by January 1.


Filed under: 2012 • Congress • Debt • Deficit • Harry Reid • John Boehner • Mitch McConnell • Nancy Pelosi • President Obama
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    GOP To-Do List:

    1. Refuse to govern.

    The End.

    May 16, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |

    This is just how dysfunctional Congress is, all thanks to the obstructionist, fascist GOBP regime. They need to be held by their hands like children and be told what to do. The record number of filibusters in the Senate is ridiculous and serious consideration needs to be made to do away with them. I find it downright treasonous to use the filibuster to hold up the COUNTRY'S progress.

    May 16, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama to go over to-do list with congressional leaders
    How very nice of the President to take time out of his busy campaign and fund raising schedule to discuss the needs of the nation. He's been out there on the taxpayers dime for the last eight months campaigning and fund raising instead of doing his job. The American people have been watching and taking notes. Their to-do list has "Vote Obama OUT" as the number one item.

    May 16, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Good move. Sit them down like little kids, and embarass them in front of their friends and peers.

    May 16, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Common Sense

    Obama to go over to-do list with congressional leaders!! nothing new same oh same more rhetoric!

    May 16, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  6. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Boehner needs to bring the list of legislation that the Democrats in the Senate are blocking and refusing to vote on. Once that backlog and Democrat road block is cleared, then Obama can propose more. Until then nothing else needs to be considered because it is just wasting more time. The Democrat Do-Nothing Senate will just block it like they have bene doing for two full years.

    May 16, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. ReaiityBites

    Not on the list:
    Reduced Social Spending
    Balanced Budget
    Disrupting Iran's nuclear goals
    Gay Marriage Amendment
    Increase in oil refineries and oil production

    ie.., all things not vital to his re-election campaign.

    May 16, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  8. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Obama To-Do List
    1. Start packing

    Really,... this is all you need to be focusing on for the good of the country.

    May 16, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  9. John, PA

    Obama to go over to-do list with congressional leaders:

    Order recount from major landslide loss, although no recount is necessary.
    Pack bags.
    Call for Taxi.
    Find and turn in keys to White House.
    Leave like thief in the night before fellow Democrats that were drug down by my agenda and policies come looking for me.

    May 16, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Bill in CA.

    Jimmy Carter...ActII.

    May 16, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    ReaiityBites wrote:

    Not on the list:
    On the GOTP list....

    Increased Defense Spending. ( they can export Capitalist Imperialism by force)
    Privatize Social Security and Ending Medicare. ( they can line their pockets with pension funds. i.e. USPS)
    Starting a holy war against Iran (.... and Islam as a whole.
    Denying Basic Civil Rights to LGBT ( that they will self deport...)
    Decrease Oil and Gas Production to drive up prices ( that they can suck more federal leases and not use them)
    Destroy Unions in all Job Sectors ( they can end the crazy idea that workers have rights)
    Stall the Economy if Republicans lose the White House.

    May 16, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  12. cali girl

    The GOP is the party that needs to focus on America and its people, whether they can relate to us or not.

    May 16, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    "Reduced Social Spending
    Balanced Budget
    Disrupting Iran's nuclear goals
    Gay Marriage Amendment
    Increase in oil refineries and oil production"

    Really? Oil production has increased, the sanctions in Iran are working, and his budget proposal is the only one along with Ron Paul's that reduces the deficit. This contrasts well with Rmoney's (and Paul "The Undertaker" Ryan's) deficit INCREASE plan. The president also offered a spending reduction plan the GOBP cult refused because their precious billionaire owners would have to pay more in taxes. Any other lies for today?

    May 16, 2012 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  14. Cathy

    The voters will be going their 'to do list' and number one on that list will be voting this failure out of office.

    May 16, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    Before he even starts, the answer will be "no" "no" and "h#ll no"

    May 16, 2012 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    GOP to America: "You'll get your jobs back as soon as you're wiling to be paid and treated like Chinese workers."

    May 16, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    The GOP don't do anything unless the Lobbyist tell them and pay them.

    May 16, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |