Obama Seeks an Update’ From Finance Negotiators

Posted August 6, 2009 at 10:27am

President Barack Obama is looking for a “status report and an update— on Finance Committee talks when the “three and three— bipartisan group of negotiators meets with him on Thursday, according to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.

Obama will also seek a report on how the Senators intend to go about their talks during the August recess. But he will not try to negotiate the bill with the lawmakers during the White House session, according to Gibbs.

The panel members who will be at the meeting, scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m., are Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine).

Gibbs said Obama has “no firm deadlines— for the Finance Committee to finish its work, even though Senate Democrats have said an agreement needs to be struck by the middle of September.

“We’re focused on making sure the process goes forward at this point,— Gibbs said.