Key Piece of Obama Budget Absent During Dinner

Minority whip Clyburn says 'We never discussed' proposed entitlement reform 'at all'

The issue of the cost of living for Social Security and federal benefit recipients did not come up during a dinner President Obama held with Democratic leaders from the House of Representatives Wednesday night.

One of the dinner's attendees, Rep. James Clyburn (D., S.C.) told MSNBC's Chuck Todd that the president did not spend any time convincing the lawmakers to leave the proposed, controversial chained CPI in the 2014 budget.

Instead, Clyburn admitted that the proposed entitlement reforms were "never discussed at all." The majority of the conversation revolved around crafting a grand bargain in Congress, he said.