Senate Republicans who shared laughs with President Obama over dinner at the Jefferson Hotel in March are grumbling there has since been little follow-through from him on deficit talks.
They say the White House has not set up a process for negotiating controversial reforms to Social Security, healthcare programs and the tax code, and that absence of basic organization has stalled negotiations.
“We’ve made no progress. None,” said a GOP senator who had dinner with Obama earlier this year. “There’s no process in place. Right now we just have 20 Republican senators meeting and talking to themselves.”