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Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Obama to meet with House Democratic leaders on Thursday

(Brendan Hoffman - BLOOMBERG)

President Obama will meet with members of the House Democratic leadership at the White House on Thursday morning, a closed-door huddle that comes as Congress enters the final stretch of a heated debate over the payroll tax cut, a government-funding bill and other high-priority measures.

The Democratic leaders will meet with Obama at 10:15 a.m. in the Oval Office, according to a schedule released by the White House Wednesday night.

No agenda for the meeting was released, but among the hot-button issues Congress is grappling with are a one-year extension of the payroll tax holiday and a measure to keep the government funded past Dec. 16.

House Republican leaders are expected to announce in the coming days their plans on a measure that includes a payroll tax holiday extension.

Amid reports that GOP leaders were considering attaching to the measure a provision that would expedite construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Obama on Wednesday warned Congress that he would veto any legislation that ties a tax-cut extension to the project, which the White House postponed last month.

At around the same time the House Democratic leaders are gathering at the White House, House Republicans will be holding their own closed-door conference meeting in the Longworth House Office Building of the Capitol.


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