Wednesday, May 16 2012, 06:26 PM MDT
Obama Fighting Congress Over Debt, Budget
(KUTV) President Obama called congressional leaders to the White House to talk about jobs, the budget and to head off a political showdown over the debt.
Both parties say they want to work out a deal but already appear to be on a collision course.
President Obama stopped by a Washington, D.C. sandwich shop to highlight part of his "to do" list for Congress.
"One of the items on that "to do" list is tax breaks for small companies like these to hire more employees, or raising the wages and salaries of existing employees," President Obama said.
The president brought sandwiches back to the White House for a meeting with congressional leaders. He pressed his "to do" list with them, then turned to what's shaping up to be another showdown over the budget and the national debt.
Republican leaders say they will not raise the country's debt limit without big spending cuts.
“Where is the president's plan to tackle our looming debt crisis? Where's the president's plan to stop the largest tax increase in American history from occurring on January the first?” House Speaker John Boehner said.
Last summer, the debit crisis created a bitter standoff between the President and Congress, something the White House is trying to avoid this election year.
"We're not going to recreate the debt ceiling debacle of last august," Jay Carney, White House press secretary, said,
On the senate floor, lawmakers were already digging in their heels.
"They don't mind wasting a day of the senate's time on useless political showboats," said Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D – Nevada.
The Democrats and the President are pushing for new tax revenue to be part of a budget deal - Republicans are resisting any tax increase.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)