Obama calls Dem budget chiefs

President Obama held a conference call with Democratic lawmakers from both the Senate and the House to discuss budget matters in advance of next week's budget conference. 

Obama phoned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (Wash.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, deputy White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters on Friday. 

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Earnest said Obama did not place a similar call to Republicans in both chambers. 

On the call, Earnest said Obama thanked the lawmakers to trying to find a solution to the budget challenges. He also emphasized that lawmakers "should focus first and foremost on how we can grow our economy and create good jobs with good wages for middle-class families," Earnest said.

"These are the policies that leaders in Washington, D.C., should support so that we can actually make progress when it comes to our economy and not undermine our economic recover," the White House spokesman added. 

On Wednesday, lawmakers from both parties and chambers will come together for a conference committee meeting on the budget for fiscal 2014.