The Washington Times - November 13, 2012, 09:47AM

President Obama is hosting a closed-door White House meeting Tuesday morning with labor leaders and liberal activists to discuss his stance in negotiations with House Republicans on the looming budgetary fiscal cliff.

One day later, Mr. Obama plans to have a similar private discussion with business leaders.


Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the Tuesday’s gathering, which is being billed as a discussion of “the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit,” according to a White House release.

Several labor leaders plan on attending, including Mary Kay Henry of the Service Employees International Union; Lee Sanders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; Dennis Van Roekel of the National Education Association; and Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO.

Activists who planned to attend include Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress; John Podesta of the Center for American Progress; Bob Greenstein of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities; Laura Burton Capps of Common Purpose Project; Max Richtman of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Justin Ruben of MoveOn; and Deepak Bhargava of the Center for Community Change.

Business leaders expected to attend Wednesday’s White House meeting with the president include: Aetna’s Mark Bertolini; American Express Co.’s Ursula Burns; Honeywell’s David Cote; Walmart’s Mike Duke; General Electric’s Jeff Immelt; Proctor & Gamble’s Robert McDonald; Ford’s Alan Mulally; PepsiCo’s Indra Nooyi; IBM’s Ginni Rometty; and Chevron’s John Watson.