Last night, President Obama signed a stopgap measure that keeps the government running for two weeks, buying time to reach an agreement that continues funding until the end of the fiscal year. President Obama has asked Vice President Biden to lead negotiations with House and Senate leaders of both parties, and will meet with Republican leaders today at 4 p.m. to begin that conversation.
Joining Vice President Biden today will be White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, budget director Jack Lew, House and Senate Democratic leaders, as well as Republican Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
President Obama is committed to reaching a sensible compromise that helps the government live within its means while making smart investments that will keep the economy growing. As the President said yesterday:
This agreement should cut spending and reduce deficits without damaging economic growth or gutting investments in education, research and development that will create jobs and secure our future. This agreement should be bipartisan, it should be free of any party’s social or political agenda, and it should be reached without delay.
That's exactly the goal of this set of meetings.