By Josiah Ryan - 06/27/11 07:15 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had a "productive" meeting with President Obama on Monday to discuss lifting the nation’s debt ceiling.
In his remarks from the Senate floor, Reid urged Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to put the economy first and focus on job creation when he meets the president at the White House later in the afternoon.
“My Republican counterpart will meet with the president this afternoon,” Reid said. “I hope my Republican colleagues will put the economy ahead of politics.”
“I hope they will join us to create jobs, and set aside their desire to please the Tea Party and defeat President Obama,” Reid said. “This is the way forward.”