White House Predicts Deal by "Opening Bell" Monday
White House press secretary Dana Perino said President Bush and his aides have been in close consultation with congressional leaders today, and predicted that a final deal was possible by "the opening bell on Monday." She also suggested that the administration was open to further compromises, but she declined to discuss specifics.
Perino said any final proposal would be subject to the question, "Does this legislation do what needs to be done in order to save the economy?"
Perino played down assertions that Thursday's White House meeting was central to the breakdown in negotiations. "I would disagree that it fell apart at the White House," she said.
"I would say the meeting was very constructive for the large majority of it," Perino said. "...Yesterday afternoon was a good moment for them to vent their frustrations as well, if they had them."
UPDATE 12:37 p.m.
White House press secretary Dana Perino, who attended the Thursday negotiations meeting, appeared to disagree with Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain's contention that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama was engaged in "political posturing" during the discussion.
"I think everybody there was constructive and focused on finding a solution," Perino said.
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