House Democratic leaders were upbeat following a meeting Wednesday morning with President Obama, characterizing the session as a productive discussion on a number of fronts.
"We had a very enthusiastic meeting," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters. Obama met with House Democrats and will meet with Senate Democrats later Wednesday.
Democratic leaders characterized as meaningful a wide-ranging discussion, which included voting rights, the implementation of the federal health-care law, the nation's economy, immigration, and the upcoming battle over the nation's debt limit.
"The president made it clear that while he was prepared to work with our Republican colleagues, he was not prepared to put at risk the creditworthiness of the United States of America," said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.).
The topic of the next chairman of the Federal Reserve came up in the meeting. Larry Summers, a former top economic aide to Obama was discussed at the meeting, though the president did not bring him up, Pelosi said. Summers is viewed as a top potential successor to current chair Ben Bernanke.
Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said he would sum up the core of the meeting as "a better bargain for America's middle class."