Another date night on tap for Obama, GOP Senators

Published on March 29, 2013 at 2:56 AM · No Comments

With budget issues -- including changes to Medicare and Medicaid -- still very much in play, President Barack Obama is planning another outing with Republican lawmakers in an effort to build relationships and smooth the path for possible negotiations this summer. 

Los Angeles Times: One Date Is Not Enough: Obama To Dine Again With GOP Senators
This summer, Congress will be asked to raise the U.S. debt limit to avoid defaulting on obligations. Republicans will press the White House for budget cuts in exchange, and will likely target the Medicare and Medicaid health programs, which are driving much of the red ink. Democrats will insist on raising tax revenue to help plug the budget gaps. The debate is likely to be difficult, and one that could easily fall into the cycle of brinkmanship that has complicated past budget battles between Congress and the White House. The dinner dates may help set the tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has said, but will not resolve the differences (Mascaro and Hennessey, 3/27).

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