WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss funding for the remainder of the fiscal year, with only four days left until current government funding runs out.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and budget committee chairmen from both chambers will meet with the president, Obama spokesman Jay Carney confirmed in his daily press briefing. He said the White House was working closely with Congress on a budget deal that could pass through both the House and Senate, which so far have struggled to agree to a spending deal. If they fail to pass a funding bill by April 8, government functions deemed “non-essential” would shut down.
“There was work over the weekend,” Carney said. “The president made those phone calls and is calling this meeting precisely because he is concerned [about keeping the government funded].”