House Democrats left the White House today without a plan to save Medicare, without a plan to cut spending and without a plan to grow the economy. The only thing Democrats continue to call for are tax hikes.
Dems Press Obama On Medicare
House Democrats pressed President Barack Obama on Thursday to keep his word and stand firm on Medicare as negotiations with Republicans over raising the debt ceiling heat up.
Multiple Democrats said entitlement programs were a key topic during their meeting with the president at the White House on Thursday afternoon. They also said that taxes were “on the table” in the debt negotiations.
“We must preserve Medicare, we must protect Medicaid, and we must have revenue raising,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) after the White House event.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who opposed renewing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy in December, also said raising taxes you should be part of a deal. “Creating jobs and growth will be one way to reduce the deficit, again putting revenue on the table is another way to reduce the deficit and making the cuts we need to make, which we are fully prepared to do and we’re determined to do,” Rep. Pelosi said.
The House Republican Conference visited the White House on Wednesday, but their meeting was much cooler than Obama’s afternoon with Democrats. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan confronted the president on Democratic portrayals of his plan to change the Medicare programming, calling it “demagoguery.”
Despite the distance between the two sides, Speaker of the House John Boehner said he wants to reach a deal in the next month, rather than cut an 11th-hour deal in August when the U.S. officially hits its borrowing limit.
“I believe John Boehner and Eric Cantor when they say default is not an option,” Hoyer said. “I welcome Boehner’s comments that we ought to do it by the end of the month.”