ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:
President Obama will spend the day in closed-door private meetings at the White House today.
In the morning the president will meet with the House Republican Conference in the East Room, one day after the House rejected a clean vote to raise the debt ceiling.
White House press secretary Jay Carney said yesterday again that the debt limit hike should not be linked to spending cuts because "there is no acceptable alternative" to raising the debt limit. Carney said there is “no option” to not raising the debt ceiling.
“That will happen, because the economic impacts of not voting to raise the debt ceiling would be calamitous,” Carney said, “regardless of any other development, the debt ceiling must be and will be raised.”
Then later, to mark the beginning of the Atlantic Hurricane Season, the president will receive the annual briefing on the forecast for the 2011 hurricane season.
“The president will hold a meeting on national preparedness and FEMA’s ‘Whole Community’ approach to disaster management," the White House says. “This year, the briefing will not only feature federal partners, but will also include state, local, non-profit, faith-based as well as private sector partners.”
Mr. Obama will spend the rest of the day in briefings at the White House.