An expected meeting between President Obama and congressional leaders on the federal budget is not likely to happen in the next week, according to an aide to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Boehner, said Tuesday that he did not expect a meeting between the president and congressional leadership “in the next week.” If lawmakers are unable to strike a deal on a continuing resolution to keep the government funded before October 1, the federal government will shut down for all nonessential services.
On Monday, the White House described a meeting with Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as “likely.”
“I think it’s likely that the president will meet with leaders,” White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. “I don’t have a time for that or a day for that. But here’s the bottom line: Congress needs to act responsibly in order to ensure that the government does not shut down.”
The window for a potential meeting is already tight. The president is in New York City through Tuesday for events surrounding the U.N. General Assembly. On Thursday, he’ll travel to Maryland for an event touting his signature healthcare law. On Friday, Obama is hosting the prime minister of India at the White House.
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