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 ReidConstitutional conservatives need to oppose the national emergency Klobuchar: 'I don't remember' conversation with Reid over alleged staff mistreatment Dems wary of killing off filibuster 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 McConnellGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The national emergency will haunt Republicans come election season Trump: McConnell should keep Senate in session until nominees are approved 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 BoehnerOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Left flexes muscle in immigration talks MORE [R-Ohio],” Sen. John CornynJohn CornynOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again On The Money: Trump declares emergency at border | Braces for legal fight | Move divides GOP | Trump signs border deal to avoid shutdown | Winners, losers from spending fight | US, China trade talks to resume next week 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 praises law enforcement response to shooting at Illinois business Five dead in shooting at manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire 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.