WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans are sending mixed signals in agreeing to meet with President Barack Obama for talks over the budget impasse.
On the one hand, many Republicans who criticized Obama previously for ignoring their party are applauding his newfound outreach, part of his effort to mend ties with Congress in hopes of reaching a grand compromise on fiscal issues.
At the same time, neither side is backing down from entrenched positions that have prevented deals in the past.
A day before Wednesday's scheduled meeting, House Republicans released a 2014 budget that would slash funding from programs the president supports and repeal his signature health care law.
Senate Democrats will issue a counterproposal Wednesday that raises almost $1 trillion in new taxes and replaces spending cuts that many Republicans want preserved.