The No. 3 Republican leader in the House took President Obama to task Friday, claiming he should put the golf clubs down and get directly involved in the budget talks with Congress.
"He's got to get off the golf course and he's got to get engaged," Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said.
Although he referred to the president's golf game, McCarthy did not address the highly publicized golf game Obama recently played with House Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerLobbying World 'Ready for Michelle' PACs urge 2020 run News Flash: Trump was never going to lock Clinton up MORE (R-Ohio), the GOP leader with whom Obama is expected to soon meet to deal with the budget deficit and debt-limit crises.
The GOP's third most powerful congressman accused Obama of staying on the sidelines during the budget deficit talks lead by Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenObama promotes bipartisan cures bill Democrats miss warning signs, even in blue Maryland Biden to sit down with Colbert next week MORE.
"Look, I think we can get to the point where we solve this problem," McCarthy said on Bloomberg TV's Political Capital with Al Hunt. "It is never going to happen if the talks are still all going to be Biden."
McCarthy shied away from the idea of a short-term solution or a temporary debt ceiling increase in order to buy time on reaching an agreement on entitlement reforms. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCommunities struggling with decline of coal can’t wait any longer on RECLAIM Act Juan Williams: McConnell won big by blocking Obama Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump MORE (R-Ky.) suggested earlier this week that a short-term increase might be necessary.
The deficit reduction talks broke down earlier this week when House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorChamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat MORE (R-Va.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) pulled out of negotiations, citing Democratic demands for tax increases as part of the deficit solution.
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- Taxes reason Cantor left talks, not disagreements on Pentagon spending