White House: Obama, Ryan, Van Hollen Had ‘Constructive Discussion’

A White House official said Thursday that President Obama, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) had a “constructive discussion” over lunch at the White House, according to a White House pool report.

“The President was pleased to host Chairman Ryan and Ranking Member Van Hollen for lunch today at the White House. The President had a constructive discussion with the Chairman and Ranking Member on a host of issues, including tackling our deficit challenges and his proposal to replace the sequester and reduce the deficit in a balanced way.  The President expressed his desire to continue a dialogue with them in the weeks ahead, and looks forward to continuing discussions with them and other members of the committee on these issues of importance to our economy and the middle class.” 

As for the menu, the men ate, “Lentil Vegetable soup and Broiled Sea Bass served with a roasted vegetable Ragu,” according to the official.