Tipton, Obama find slice of common ground at White House parley on budget

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., said he and President Obama had a short moment of agreement Wednesday when House Republicans visited the White House.

Obama met the House Republicans a day after the House rejected a bill to increase the nation’s debt ceiling by $2.4 trillion. House Republicans, joined by 82 Democrats, voted unanimously against the increase. The final vote was 318–97.

Tipton said he spoke directly to Obama immediately after what he called a “very cordial meeting.”

He told the president he represents a rural district with small businesses, and those are the people most hurting in the economy. Tipton’s 3rd Congressional District includes most of the Western Slope and much of southern Colorado.

“We’ve got to eliminate obstacles to hiring,” Tipton said he told Obama, who replied, “‘I appreciate that. We agree,’ ” Tipton said.

He said the president and Republicans agreed the size of government needs to be cut.

Obama favors a “balanced approach,” Tipton said. “Unfortunately the word ‘balanced’ means he wants to increase taxes on people.”

Obama is to meet today with House Democrats.


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