Obama expected to meet Senate Dems

Senate Democratic leaders have asked President Obama to come to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with their caucus to discuss proposals for cutting the federal deficit.

Vice President Biden (D) is also invited.

Democrats expect Obama will accept this invitation after he rejected an impromptu proposal to meet with Senate Republicans Thursday.

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Democrats have invited the president’s economic team, including Gene Sperling, director of the National Economic Council, to visit the Senate on Thursday of next week to explore the details of spending cuts and tax increases that could be packaged for deficit reduction.

The meetings will round out a busy week that will begin Tuesday, when Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) will introduce his long-awaited budget plan. Conrad says his budget will cut more than $4 trillion from the federal deficit.

“We need to hold a series of meetings and we’re going to do it,” Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) told reporters Thursday. “We’re going to focus on the economy.”

The Senate was originally scheduled to take the week off for the annual July 4 recess.

Lawmakers changed their mind, however, after Obama challenged Congress on Wednesday to cancel all recesses until it reaches an agreement to raise the national debt limit by Aug. 2.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMcConnell sees Ohio in play as confidence about midterms grows   Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending MORE (Ky.) on Thursday morning invited Obama to meet with the Senate Republican Caucus that afternoon, which the White House declined.

Republicans criticized Obama for rejecting the invitation so he could attend political events for the Democratic National Committee in Philadelphia.

“I wonder if he’s going to cancel his fundraiser in Philadelphia tonight to meet with Senator McConnell and Speaker [John] BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJim Jordan as Speaker is change America needs to move forward Paul Ryan’s political purgatory Republicans fear retribution for joining immigration revolt MORE [R-Ohio],” Sen. John CornynJohn CornynRepublican leader: ‘For all practical purposes’ there’s no difference between an FBI informant and a spy Schumer: Congress must stop reported ZTE deal 'in its tracks' Hillicon Valley: Experts worry North Korea will retaliate with hacks over summit | FBI works to disrupt Russian botnet | Trump officials look to quell anger over ZTE | Obama makes case for tighter regs on tech MORE (R-Texas) said on the Senate floor.

Cornyn blasted Obama’s Wednesday news conference as “galling.” The president scolded Congress for not getting its work done on time, contrasting lawmakers to his own daughters, Sasha and Malia, who he said usually get their homework done a day ahead of time.

Cornyn called it an “outrageous speech” that engaged in “blatant electioneering”.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump has exposed Democratic hypocrisy on prison reform House easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump This week: House GOP regroups after farm bill failure MORE (D-Ill.) defended Obama’s remarks as necessary given the looming prospect of a national default if Congress fails to raise the debt limit.

“When the president expresses a sense of urgency, as he did yesterday, that we roll up our sleeves and get to work and get this done — not at the last minute but as soon as possible — I think he’s delivering a message everyone ought to hear,” Durbin said.