A lame duck Congress returns to town with avoidance of the fiscal cliff a top priority. At the White House, President Obama will meet with a variety of groups, including labor and progressive groups uneasy that negotiations could lead to deep cuts in social welfare programs.
Expected attendees today include labor officials, Mary Kay Henry of SEIU, Lee Saunders, AFSCME; Dennis Van Roekel, NEA; and Rich Trumka, AFL-CIO; along with Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress; John Podesta, Center for American Progress; Bob Greenstein, Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Laura Burton Capps, Common Purpose Project; Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Justin Ruben, MoveOn and Deepak Bhargava, Center for Community Change.
Obama meets Wednesday with business leaders and on Friday, congressional eaders. One group has created an online tool to encourage participants to create their own budgets.