Tags: obama | gop | petite | bargain

Obama Courts GOP for 'Petite' Bargain

Monday, 04 Mar 2013 05:00 PM

By Todd Beamon

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The White House has apparently changed its tone in dealing with Republicans over the $85 billion in cuts that took effect on Friday with the sequester.

President Barack Obama on Saturday talked with GOP leaders in an effort to build a “caucus of common sense” for a $1.5 trillion deficit-reduction deal, Roll Call reports.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney jokingly referred to the move on Monday as a “petite bargain,” a variation of ideas put forth by House Speaker John Boehner during the “fiscal-cliff” talks in December, according to Roll Call.

The turnabout by President Obama comes after weeks of slamming the GOP about the impending cross-government cuts, an effort that failed to bring lawmakers to the table, Roll Call reports.

The president “hopes that having achieved this empty victory, at least as they see it, the Republicans will understand that their goals are being unmet here,” Carney said on Monday, according to Roll Call.

Referencing the Boehner plan, Carney said that Republicans would make more headway by working with Obama, Roll Call reports.

“We’re only asking that the Republicans do what the speaker said he wanted to do just two months ago: Enact tax reform, achieve revenues by closing loopholes for the well-off and the well-connected, and use that money towards deficit reduction, a very conservative goal,” Carney said.

Carney also blamed GOP legislators for the sequester, but reiterated that President Obama wanted to avoid a government shutdown at the end of the month — though not saying whether Obama would sign what legislation the House Republicans passed.

“We’ll see what the Republicans do,” Carney said, according to Roll Call.


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Steve Lonegan: Donors Want to Know Where Jeb Bush Stands

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:31 PM

Lonegan appeared Friday on Newsmax TV’s “America’ Forum” where he discussed the GOP’s 2016 presidential race and critici . . .

Dershowitz, Hayden: Release 'Interview' for Free, Make Hackers Pay 'Heavy Consequence'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 12:20 PM

Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz and former CIA Director Michael Hayden, on Newsmax TV on Friday, agreed that the S . . .

FBI Blames NKorea For Sony Hacking: 'Act of Intimidation'

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 11:18 AM

The cyber-terrorists behind the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment sent a message to studio execs late Thursday givin . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved