Congressional Leaders Invited To W.H. On Spending Cuts Deadline Day

Source: Dana Bash / CNN

Congressional leaders have been invited to the White House on Friday–the day forced spending cuts are scheduled to start taking effect, two sources said Wednesday.

A GOP aide told CNN that Republicans do not anticipate the meeting to be anything more than optics–an effort, the aide said, by President Barack Obama to show he is at least talking to Congress on the day the cuts are supposed to kick in.

But the aide added it wasn’t clear what was on the president’s agenda.

By the time Obama meets with the leaders, the cuts–$85 billion worth over the next seven months–could have already started to take place. It all depends on when Obama issues an order to let them begin. He has until 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday to issue the order, according to an official with the Office of Management and Budget.

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