President Obama today called both Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner to discuss the budget negotiations, the White House MADE SURE to announce today.
The President made clear that we all understand the need to cut spending, and highlighted the progress that has been made to agree to all work off the same number – $73 billion in spending cuts in this year alone.
He also made clear that we continue to oppose efforts to use this process to further an ideological agenda on issues that have nothing at all to do with reducing spending or reducing the deficit.
The President highlighted the progress that has been made but made clear that this process is running short on time, and he urged both sides to reach a final solution and avoid a government shutdown that would be harmful to our economic recovery.
Two messages here:
For the public: Contrary to what you hear, I’m deeply involved, working even on a Saturday!
For Boehner: I know $73 billion isn’t satisfactory to your conservatives, but you better keep them in line or I might just shut down the government, and you know how that worked out for you guys last time.