THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by the Press Secretary
The President, the Speaker, the Senate Majority Leader, and the House and Senate Minority Leaders have agreed to have their respective budget advisors resume the advisors' budget discussions, which last took place on December 15.
The budget advisors will meet today during the afternoon and evening.
A separate staff group will work on a variety of issues, and a bipartisan group of Governors has agreed to meet today to prepare recommendations on the Medicaid issue.
On Friday morning, the President and the five Congressional leaders will meet at the White House in order to be briefed by the budget advisors on today's discussions.
Today's schedule is as follows:
11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Staff meets and prepares recommendations on a variety of issues 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m. Governors meet at the headquarters of the National Governors Association at the Hall of the States and prepare recommendations on Medicaid 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Budget advisors meet in S. 207 in the Capitol and receive presentations on three alternative proposals to balance the budget (Coalition, Daschle-Exon, Chafee-Breaux) 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Budget advisors receive recommendations from staff on a variety of issues, and Governors present Medicaid recommendations. The budget advisors are White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta,
Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin, Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, Senate Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, House Budget Committee Chairman John Kasich, Senate Budget Committee Ranking Democrat James Exon, and House Budget Committee Ranking Democrat Martin Sabo.
Governors expected to participate include Lawton Chiles of Florida, John Engler of Michigan, Mike Leavitt of Utah, Bob Miller of Nevada, Roy Romer of Colorado, and Tommy Thompson of Wisconsin.