Friday's two conversations marked a rare moment of engagement from the president, as the White House has largely stayed on the sidelines during the panel's discussions.
Obama has come under stiff criticism of late from Republicans who believe the administration is banking on failure so it can use the GOP as a foil in next year’s presidential election. The calls were made as Obama jets out of town for most of the next week-and-a-half before the Nov. 23rd deadline for a deal.
The automatic spending cuts triggered by a super committee failure would not begin to take effect until 2013.
McCain said Wednesday he will try to get a consensus within the Senate to overturn the sequester.
“We will work hard to achieve that since all the military leadership, the Secretary of Defense and others have said it would inflict a quickening blow on our national security; we have fairly good ammunition” to win support, McCain said.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.