President Barack Obama met for less than an hour Saturday with congressional leaders in crisis talks, and a leading Republican said afterward that top lawmakers were “committed to working on new legislation” to cut federal spending and avert an unprecedented U.S. default.
“The president wanted to know that there was a plan for preventing national default,” Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement issued shortly after the brief meeting at the White House.
“The bipartisan leadership in Congress is committed to working on new legislation that will prevent default while substantially reducing Washington spending,” McConnell said.
House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Saturday that Obama and congressional leaders are “definitely not” considering a short-term debt limit increase in their weekend negotiations to break an impasse.
A Senate Democratic aide told Reuters that congressional leaders have agreed their staffs would “work together throughout the weekend” to try to craft a deficit reduction bill to clear the way for a debt limit increase…