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Obama will finally meet with Congressional leaders on sequester
Hotair ^ | 02/27/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/27/2013 10:57:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind

After traveling for more than two weeks and 5200 miles to gripe about the sequester and the supposedly "massive" cuts they impose on federal discretionary spending, Barack Obama will finally talk with people who can do something about it. Apparently, though, the cuts may not be all that bad after all, since Obama won't bother to meet with Congressional leaders about the sequester until after it hits, as ABC's Jonathan Karl reports (via the Daily Caller):

They are finally going to have a meeting.

A congressional source with direct knowledge of the plans tells me the top four congressional leaders – John Boehner, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Mitch McConnell – will meet with President Obama at the White House Friday to attempt to negotiate a way to avoid the spending cuts that both sides have said should be avoided.

This meeting – the first one the president has had with Republican leaders to talk about the across-the-board cuts known as the sequester – will come after the cuts actually go into effect (midnight Thursday).

Mitch McConnell confirmed the meeting to CNN, but an anonymous House Republican had a better explanation of what Obama expects to produce with this meeting:

A GOP aide told CNN that Republicans do not anticipate the meeting to be anything more than optics–an effort, the aide said, by President Barack Obama to show he is at least talking to Congress on the day the cuts are supposed to kick in. …

A senior congressional Republican chided Obama for the timing of the meeting.

“Either someone needs to buy the White House a calendar, or this is just a – belated – farce,” the Republican said. “They ought to at least pretend to try.”

You know what might have avoided this? An actual budget from the Senate, whose refusal to engage in normal-order budgeting created the cliffs and crises of the last three years. Even on the sequester, despite the President’s campaigning, his party controls the upper chamber and yet hasn’t produced a single alternative for the House to consider.

In fact, today marks the 1400th day that the Senate has gone without a budget, and the House Republican Conference marks the occasion with this video:

“The last time the Democrats in Washington actually had a budget,” the spot instructs, “the iPad was a dream, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush were still an item, Instagram didn’t exist.” If you hadn’t done your job for that long, would you still be employed?

Finally, in a Hot Air first-look exclusive, a lucky donor to the National Republican Congressional Committee can win a dinner with Paul Ryan to discuss these and other weighty issues. Eric Cantor explains:

I have some exciting news to share with you.

My good friend, Paul Ryan, is inviting one special supporter to have dinner with him.

Paul’s chairing the Annual NRCC March Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., on March 20th. And since you’ve been such a loyal supporter of House Republicans, he wanted to make sure you had a chance to be included.

I’ve had many dinners with Paul. Trust me –you’ll have an enlightening and memorable conversation. Paul loves nothing more than spending time with friends like you over a good meal.

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have dinner with one of the greatest conservative minds and one of the nicest guys I know. Plus, we’ll fly the lucky winner to D.C. and take care of the hotel.

Throw in $15 for a chance to win dinner with Paul Ryan.

The contest ends March 15th – so don’t wait.

Thanks,

Eric

Eric Cantor

Majority Leader



TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: congress; obama; sequester; sequestration

1 posted on 02/27/2013 10:57:50 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 02/27/2013 10:59:26 AM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s not a meeting. It’s an opportunity for the petulant one to give the other wing of his party, (republicans), their marching orders.


3 posted on 02/27/2013 11:01:55 AM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: SeekAndFind

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2991757/posts


4 posted on 02/27/2013 11:03:00 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: pabianice

ABSOLUTELY NO COMPROMISE! This needs to be “payback time” baby.

Let that lying SOB live with all the lies and fear mongering he has done. There are consequences.


5 posted on 02/27/2013 11:07:54 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: SeekAndFind
The idiot is getting ready..
6 posted on 02/27/2013 11:08:39 AM PST by PLD
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To: SeekAndFind
The sequester isn’t nearly enough. Freeze ALL federal spending and pay increases, no increases period, and at least a minimum 50% cut of EVERY SINGLE federal agency, NO EXCEPTION!. Oh, and eliminate ALL federal agencies that the federal government has no obligation to provide for under for the US Constitution. As I see it the feds have two options, either back off and relinquish power back to the states where it belongs, or become a target. 50 free states against one DC are not very good odds, so choose wisely.
7 posted on 02/27/2013 11:18:11 AM PST by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I could get to Friday happy hour a little quicker if Obama would release the speech today that he’s already written where he blames the failure of the meeting on “Republican obstructionism” &c.


8 posted on 02/27/2013 11:24:16 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Progov
>>Let that lying SOB live with all the lies and fear mongering he has done. There are consequences.

You don't get it, do you? What Obama does means nothing because he has the entire left wing propaganda machine kissing his ass 24/7. Until we counter that, we will lose every time and a Dem/Lib presidency will become permanent. Unless Boehner gets a plan, the House will go Dem in 2014 and then we will really be in trouble. The 2nd Amendment will be overruled by a Dem SCOTUS and we will become England, fearfully cowering in our homes while thugs rule the streets. All incomes will be "normed," meaning the total income of the country will be divided by the number of voters and redistributed. Obamacare will actually sentence the sick and elderly to death through control of the medical world. And we get to see it happen, instance by sickening instance, because we don't have the know-how or the guts to stop it. That Romney lost because 9 million conservatives stayed home is perhaps the most horrifying moment in the last 100 years. Those conservatives sure showed us, huh? We need to learn how to overcome propaganda and then do it. Until then, we will slowly become the new Soviet Union. Comrade.

9 posted on 02/27/2013 11:50:18 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: SeekAndFind
>>Throw in $15 for a chance to win dinner with Paul Ryan.

Not one friggin' DIME until you cowards stand-up to Obama.

10 posted on 02/27/2013 11:52:29 AM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: SeekAndFind
"They are finally UNEXPECTEDLY going to have a meeting."
11 posted on 02/27/2013 12:08:18 PM PST by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s Are The 21st Century's Muskets. Free Men Need Not Ask Permission!)
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To: pabianice

Now if it was dinner with Sarah and Todd I’d throw
down on that, I’d even take them striper fishing just
to be nice.


12 posted on 02/27/2013 5:32:26 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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