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You may have heard that President Obama called the top Republicans on Capitol Hill - House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to discuss big spending cuts that are due to begin next week. Reports indicate that the calls were generally perfunctory, with one GOP source claiming Obama simply wanted to insulate himself from Republican charges that he's not reaching out.
In any case, the calls provoked this sarcastic response from Michael Steel, the Brendan Buck, the spokesman for Speaker Boehner:
"Folks – Based on the coverage of the President’s phone calls (Thursday), I was curious about something: did he call Sen. Harry Reid or Sen. Durbin, or Sen. Schumer? If not, why not? After all, the House has passed a sequester replacement bill (twice!), while the Democrat-controlled Senate has not. If he wants to avert the sequester, shouldn’t the President be focused on the House of Congress that HASN’T acted, and where his own political party holds the majority? Curious, and worth noting, I’d think … - steel"
Here's some background from Reuters:
Obama called top Republicans to discuss looming cuts: White House
February 21, 2013
(Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Thursday called Republican congressional leaders, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to discuss looming spending cuts, the White House said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said the conversations were "good" but declined to provide any details.
An estimated $85 billion in across-the-board "sequestration" cuts are due to go into effect March 1 unless Congress acts. Obama and others have warned that the cuts could hurt economic growth and lead to hundreds of thousands of job losses.
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