President Obama has invited congressional leaders of both parties to the White House on November 18 to plan what can be done during the upcoming lame duck session and lay the groundwork for the next Congress in which Republicans will control the House.
“I want us to talk substantively about how we can move the American people’s agenda forward,” Obama told reporters. “It’s not just going to be a photo op. Hopefully, it will spill over into dinner.”
Looking ahead to the lame duck session, the president said he wants to reach an agreement with the leadership on how to extend the Bush tax cuts for the middle class. Republicans want all the tax cuts extended, including those for higher income taxpayers.
Obama said it is “critically important” that he build “a better working relationship between this White House and the congressional leadership that is coming in.”
“We can’t afford two years of just squabbling,” he said.
He also announced that he has invited newly elected governors from both parties to visit on December 2.