A Thursday deficit meeting between White House officials and GOP senators failed to yield progress toward a deal, sources said.
White House chief of staff Denis McDonoughDenis McDonoughChief of staff: Obama administration 'historically free of scandal' Sunday shows preview: Trump allies appear after John Lewis criticism The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE, Budget Director Sylvia BurwellSylvia Mathews BurwellObamaCare enrollment hits 11.5M for 2017 Obama, Dems eyeing strategy to defend ObamaCare 6.4M people sign up for ObamaCare so far MORE and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors hosted the senators at the White House, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed.
The sides remain "far apart" on the scope of the problem and size of a solution, a Senate source said afterward.
The White House did not reveal a list of the senators that attended the meeting.
"On matters related to the budget, the president has always been clear that closing tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy had to be part of any big deal. That’s been clear for several years," the official said.
No further meetings are scheduled at this time.
The lack of a breakthrough only increases the chances for a dangerous debt-ceiling showdown between the House GOP and President Obama this fall. Treasury this week urged Congress to raise the debt ceiling before mid-October, when it said it would only have around $50 billion in funds.
Obama had hoped that defense hawks in the Senate would be willing to cut a deal that replaces scheduled defense and social program cuts with a combination of entitlement changes and new revenue.
But so far, he has been unable to reach such a deal with GOP senators despite a series of meetings.
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