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Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats

Posted by on Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:06 AM
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues as diverse as the economy, immigration and guns.

Obama was meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Va., a day after he held a closed-door session with Senate Democrats at their off-campus conference in Annapolis, Md.

The meetings with legislators from his own party come just days before Obama's State of the Union address next Tuesday to a joint session of Congress. This week's meetings have served as something of a preamble for that nationally televised speech.

Obama was to deliver public remarks to the House members and then take questions in a private session, officials said.

White House officials say that Obama's top priority is job creation and that he will make a case for fiscal policies that encourage economic growth. Setting up a contrast with Republicans who are insisting on spending cuts, not tax increases, to stanch federal red ink, Obama told reporters Tuesday, "We can't just cut our way to prosperity."

Obama met privately for more than two hours Wednesday with Senate Democrats. The White House said the president spoke briefly, took questions from 10 of the senators assembled, then spent an hour chatting with them in smaller groups. Obama's spokesman, Jay Carney, said the session was focused on coordinating what Democratic senators are doing with the administration's own efforts to promote Obama's priorities.

The meeting with House Democrats follows Wednesday's vote in the Republican-controlled House that would require the president to submit a budget that balances the federal ledger. The bill was symbolic, meant as a taunt to the president. It has little chance in the Senate but, still, 26 House Democrats voted for it.

In the Senate, Democrats hold the majority and can be far more effective at driving Obama's legislative agenda. But a unified Democratic caucus in the House is critical on issues that might divide Republicans, such as an overhaul of immigration laws or even some fiscal policies.

Carney has said Obama and lawmakers have made "significant progress" toward a bipartisan deal on immigration. The Senate has taken the lead assembling comprehensive legislation, including a path to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.

Gun control has been a thornier issue. Many Democrats are reluctant to embrace Obama's call for banning certain weapons. But Obama has argued that other proposals, such as universal background checks, have broad public support.

Vice President Joe Biden, addressing lawmakers at the retreat Wednesday, told them they can support the measures he and Obama are proposing without fear they'll be booted from office. He urged them not to learn the wrong lesson from the 1994 election, when Democrats lost control of Congress after supporting a ban on assault weapons that has since expired.

"I'm here to tell you the world has changed," Biden said. "Public attitudes have changed since 1994. Social media has changed. The ability to misrepresent our positions has changed."

On fiscal issues, Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to pass a short-term package of spending cuts and tax revenue to give lawmakers time to negotiate a broader deficit-reduction deal and to avoid deep spending cuts that are set to automatically kick in on March 1.

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143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 6:07 AM

 Doesn't sound very bipartisan...no meetings with GOP?

More temporary measures for spending..

It's been 5 years Barry, why can't you do something more permanent with the budget? hmmm....

Loved the Happy Warrior's comment...

Are we moving forward yet?

 

 

 

 

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:34 AM
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Quoting 143myboys9496:

Love the sig.   So I looked it up.   Alas, just an urban legend...

Contrary to a popular urban legend circulated by email, the Mustang Ranch was never operated by the US government.[9][10

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:37 AM
Quoting 143myboys9496:

 The bill was symbolic, meant as a taunt to the president. It has little chance in the Senate but

Why does your system of government waste time with publicity stunts like that?  Are the laws so perfect that they don't have better things to spend thier time on?

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:39 AM
Quoting 143myboys9496:

White House officials say that Obama's top priority is job creation and that he will make a case for fiscal policies that encourage economic growth.

I wish it had been education, but I understand why he has made the economy his top priority.

The Republicans doubled down on their bet that the economy will fail.  If the economy is better in 2016 than it is now, the Democrats win.  Simple as that.

motherslove82
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:40 AM
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"We can't just cut our way to prosperity."

We can't spend our way out of a recession either, but it didn't stop him from trying. Now he thinks tax payers should pay for it.
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motherslove82
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:42 AM
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I want to know who decided it was only created to taunt the president. 26 house democrats also supported it.

Quoting Clairwil:


Quoting 143myboys9496:

 The bill was symbolic, meant as a taunt to the president. It has little chance in the Senate but


Why does your system of government waste time with publicity stunts like that?  Are the laws so perfect that they don't have better things to spend thier time on?


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Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:43 AM
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Quoting 143myboys9496:

 Doesn't sound very bipartisan...no meetings with GOP?

Well duh.   He tried bipartisan for the first 2 years in office.  After the way the Republicans reacted then (stalling for time, making unrealistic demands that he follow the Republican agenda more than the Democrat one) I expect to see little if any bipartisanship during this term in office.

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM
Quoting motherslove82:

I want to know who decided it was only created to taunt the president. 26 house democrats also supported it.

Politics.   I would guess they are in closely contested seats, and didn't want to give their opponents the ammunition of saying they voted against a balanced budget bill.

Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:47 AM
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Quoting motherslove82:

Now he thinks tax payers should pay for it.

"tax payers" is a silly phrase.  Every adult in America pays taxes of one sort or another.

motherslove82
by Bronze Member on Feb. 7, 2013 at 7:47 AM
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We just had elections. My guess is that no one would remember by the time we have them again, especially if it wasn't a serious bill.

Quoting Clairwil:


Quoting motherslove82:

I want to know who decided it was only created to taunt the president. 26 house democrats also supported it.


Politics.   I would guess they are in closely contested seats, and didn't want to give their opponents the ammunition of saying they voted against a balanced budget bill.


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