Obama, Boehner meeting at White House for first time in 14 months
02/25/2014 4:51 AM
02/25/2014 5:02 AM
For the first time since December 2012, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner will meet one-on-one in the Oval Office.
The agenda will be broad, and no immediate decisions or agreements are expected.
But that the capital's most powerful legislator is talking privately to the president signals a shift in the political tone.
Boehner in recent months has been relying on Democrats to pass a host of major legislation--a two year budget plan, an agriculture policy bill and a suspension of the debt limit.
Long regarded as willing to negotiate, Boehner took a harder line in previous years. Tea party conservatives were instrumental in helping Republicans win a House majority in 2010, and make Boehner speaker.
He and Obama tried in 2011 to craft a "grand bargain" to reduce spending and deficits but could not agree.
Nation & World Videos
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.