President Barack Obama speaks to members of the news media before a meeting with members of his cabinet at the White House
President Barack Obama meets with bipartisian congressional leadership in the Old Family Dining Room at the White House. Also pictured is (L-R) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Senator Charles Schumer.
The Hill: …. Harry Reid said Thursday House Majority Leader Eric Cantor acted “childish” in the debt talks. He is the the latest Democratic leader to accuse Cantor of impeding progress on negotiations to raise the nation’s debt ceiling.
“…. he has shown he shouldn’t be at the table and Republicans agree he shouldn’t be at the table,” Reid said from the Senate floor. “We had negotiations going here …. and he has walked out on the meetings with the vice president of the United States,” said Reid recounting a Cantor’s exit from the talks hosted by Vice President Biden. “It was childish.”
…. Obama and Democrats have become increasingly irked with Cantor as he has advocated for the more conservative elements of the House Republican Conference and drawn a hard line against tax increases in any deal to raise the $14.3 trillion deficit ceiling.
In focusing his ire at Cantor, Reid is following the lead of his No. 3 in the Senate, Charles Schumer who on Wednesday said Cantor was the only congressional leader who has failed to make meaningful concessions or bring a plan to the table in the ongoing debt-ceiling negotiations.
“There is one person who hasn’t come up with a plan, hasn’t compromised, hasn’t reached out to the other side in an effort to move forward, and that is the majority leader in the House, Mr. Cantor,” Schumer said from the Senate floor. “He is the only one who still says, ‘My way or the highway.’”
Business Insider: Former GOP Senator Alan Simpson had strong words for lawmakers Tuesday over their failure to reach a deal on raising the debt ceiling and lowering the deficit.
“The American people are disgusted at both parties,” the Republican co-chair of President Barack Obama’s fiscal commission told ABC News. “Everybody says, ‘What in the hell is going on?'” he said. “The American people are smarter than their politicians.”
Simpson and former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles reached a comprehensive plan for deficit reduction relying on both revenues and spending cuts that has been alternately derided and embraced by both parties — mostly to criticize their political foes.
Simpson saved some of his harshest criticisms for Republicans, saying their stance on revenues is baffling. “The stuff that’s going on in my party, where the – pettiness overcomes the patriotism – it’s just disgusting to me,” he told ABC News. “Reagan raised taxes. We’ve never had less revenue to run this country since the Korean war.”