NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — According to a senior Republican aide, Congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday--the day forced spending cuts are scheduled to start taking effect.
The aide told CNN that Republicans do not anticipate the meeting to be anything more than optics--an effort, the aide said, by President Barack Obama to show he is at least talking to Congress on the day the cuts are supposed to kick in.
But the aide added it wasn't clear what was on the president's agenda.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released a statement, saying "The meeting Friday is an opportunity for us to visit with the President about how we can all keep our commitment to reduce Washington spending."
He continued: "With a $16.6 trillion national debt, and a promise to the American people to address it, one thing is perfectly clear: we will cut Washington spending. We can either secure those reductions more intelligently, or we can do it the President's way with across-the board cuts. But one thing Americans simply will not accept is another tax increase to replace spending reductions we already agreed to."