Washington, D.C. is the worst when a storm hits.
Federal offices and school districts across D.C. were shut down Wednesday as threats of a storm dropping up to a foot of snow on the region loomed. Just how much snowfall did the District see? Pretty much zilch.
Surprisingly, what the so-called "Snowquester" didn’t stop was the Hill’s efforts to find a solution to its namesake – the dreaded forced budget cuts. On Wednesday night, President Obama picked up the tab for a high-profile dinner with a group of Senate Republicans in the chief executive’s most recent effort to find a bipartisan solution to the forced budget cuts that began to take effect March 1. The President followed up with a second day of outreach to Republicans, lunching Thursday with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), the top Democrat on the committee, at the White House.
A Capitol gain?
A White House official told CNN Wednesday that the meetings were a “change in approach” from the president’s efforts last week, before the March 1 deadline. But the question remains – what will the President and Congress do to alleviate the forced cuts that some say will quickly affect Americans in their everyday lives?
Tune in Sunday for Candy’s interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – the two sit down to discuss budget cuts, bipartisanship, and how Congress can put Americans’ best interests ahead of elections on their list of priorities.
Then we’ll talk with the other side – Kevin McCarthy, the House majority whip, will join us. We’ll ask him about GOP plans to alleviate budget cuts – and his assessment of how President Obama is doing in his new approach to reaching across party lines.
Flip-flopping through the Sunshine State
Even as the storm of budget cuts has passed over Washington, Congress is buzzing about other controversial issues. Among them? Immigration, healthcare, and who will run in 2016. Join us Sunday as we talk with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, whose changing stances on undocumented immigrants this week ignited opposition from liberal groups. We’ll talk with him about his new book, “Immigration Wars,” in which he waives on whether undocumented workers should be able to become U.S. citizens – a flip-flop from a Republican who has advocated outreach to Hispanics through this “pathway to citizenship.” Another question on our minds – will Jeb Bush run for president in 2016?
Across the aisle
Finally, we’ll talk with our panelists about the week behind us – and what we can expect to see in Washington for the week ahead. Former Obama White House communications director Anita Dunn and former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich will sound off on the budget debate that is sweeping the Hill from both sides of the aisle. They will be joined by Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile and Republican consultant Alex Castellanos, who will round out this Sunday’s political panel.
Make sure to check back on Friday for our full Rundown and don’t forget to tune in Sunday at 9am & Noon ET.