When President Obama sits down with the new Republican congressional leaders for their first face-to-face meeting on Tuesday, the stated mission will be to make progress on ratifying an arms agreement with Russia and reaching a deal on soon-to-expire tax cuts.
But with the White House session scheduled to last just one hour, neither side anticipates emerging with a grand compromise. Instead, the goal will be to set a course for the weeks ahead – and to try to determine whether either side is serious about making concessions necessary to reach a deal.
White House officials sought to downplay expectations for the event, which the president had originally set for a week and a half earlier but had to postpone when Republicans complained they had not been adequately consulted. Obama’s aides said the session is “not a summit” and described it as “just one meeting” among many.
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