After a slew of debt negotiations between President Obama and Congress have failed, it looks like House and Senate leadership are going to take another whack at cutting a deal before Sunday. And they seem to agree on one thing right now: They want to do this without the president. The Hill reports:
[Speaker John Boehner] told his colleagues that any deal will be a product of congressional leadership - not a compromise struck with the White House, the source said, noting that "strategically not working with the president, but with the Senate could be better for him."
At the White House meeting, Boehner was backed up by Democratic leaders, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, when he said to Obama, "Mr. President, I need to deal with the House and the Senate because we [the White House and Congress] aren't getting anywhere," the source said.