White House: Willing to meet half way on budget cuts

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 2:52 PM
White House: Willing to meet half way on budget cuts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Thursday it was willing to meet Republicans half-way over budget spending cuts, but declined to spell out what specific services it would target in advance of talks with Congress.

White House National Economic Council Director Gene Sperling said the administration would put forward $6 billion worth of cuts in addition to reductions totaling $44.8 billion already contained in bills to keep funding the government.

A White House team led by Vice President Joe Biden will meet on Capital Hill with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at 4 p.m. EST to discuss the budget. Sperling declined to add further details ahead of that meeting.

(Reporting by Alister Bull)