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Barack Obama's Lunch Date With Paul Ryan 'Constructive'

President Barack Obama invited Wisconsin's Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) to lunch today at the White House to talk about the budget.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) met with President Barack Obama at the White House this afternoon to talk about the federal budget and tax bills, a meeting that one White House staffer called 'constructive.'

According a story in the Washington Post:

Topics included tackling the deficit and the president’s proposal to replace the sequester with a deficit reduction package that includes tax increases, the official said. Obama “expressed his desire to continue a dialogue with them in the weeks ahead.”

Ryan, chairman of the House budget committee, has been . He's also expected to unveil the House GOP budget next week.

According to the Washington Post, Ryan's support is key to getting the budget passed:

“This whole thing will come to a crescendo this summer, and we’re going to have to talk to each other to get an agreement about how to delay a debt crisis,” Ryan said Wednesday, adding that the need to raise the debt limit should give both parties incentive to cut a deal.

“Our goal is to get a down payment on this problem for America,” Ryan said, “to get cuts and reforms that get us on a path to a balanced budget so we can prevent a debt crisis from taking down our economy.”

Obama also dined with 12 Republican Senators Wednesday night, after which several of them voiced 'optimism.' But a budget agreement won't likely get hammered out until this summer, which is when Congress will need to decide on whether to raise the country's borrowing limit.

Blair Nielsen March 08, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Obama won't sign a budget, he doesn't have the guts. To put his name on something opens him up to criticism. Everybody, even the MSM will see what he's up to. Can't have that.
morninmist March 08, 2013 at 08:18 PM
yeah, scooter is at a $5,000 a plate fundraiser in sunny FL instead of being here working to create JOBS!
morninmist March 08, 2013 at 08:19 PM
Future president? ha ha. Nope, #lyingRyan!
morninmist March 08, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Good Poster for #lyingRyan @Lavender4Peace #LyingRyan @RepPaulRyan #WeThePeople Reject your "Path to Prosperity" Plan! Just Shove it! #UniteBlue #ConnectTheLeft pic.twitter.com/ROeLMdRiA2
Greg March 08, 2013 at 08:45 PM
He'll be back in time to sign the mining bill.

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