President Obama and House Speaker Boehner met at the White House to discuss the fiscal cliff on Sunday, according to White House spokesman Joshua Earnest.
Earnest added that Obama and Boehner met in the effort “to resolve the fiscal cliff,” though there is no information on whether the talks were successful or not, reports USA Today.
Spokesman Earnest, along with Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, refused to give any details about the discussion, which is the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders to discuss fiscal cliff negotiations.
President Obama has met with Boehner previously, but that meeting also involved Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
The president has also been in contact with Pelosi and Reed, though they spoke over the phone instead of in person. NPR notes that Obama and Boehner’s meeting on Sunday could be a positive sign that the opposing sides may be able to resolve the fiscal cliff problem before the end of the year.
Sunday’s meeting between Obama and Boehner also came on the same day as top Republican Senator Bob Corker indicated a possible flexibility on taxes. Corker stated:
“There is a growing up of folks that are looking at this and realizing that we don’t have a lot of cards as it relates to the tax issue before year end. I mean, we’re — have one house, that’s it. The presidency and the Senate in the Democrats’ house.”
Corker added that, should Republicans give in to the demands of Democrats and President Obama, “the focus then shifts to entitlements and maybe it puts us in a place where we actually can do something that really saves the nation.”
Do you think that the Obama-Boehner meeting on Sunday at the White House is a promising side that the fiscal cliff may be averted?