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Obama to meet Tuesday with congressional leaders

Update: According an aide to House Speaker John Boehner, “Today’s meeting at the White House was exclusively on matters of foreign policy. The president briefed the leaders on a number of issues and events taking place around the globe, and the Speaker appreciated the courtesy.”

For the first time in nearly four months, President Obama will meet Tuesday at the White House with the full congressional leadership to discuss the push to overhaul the nation's immigration laws and other issues.

The Oval Office meeting comes after the Senate began voting Monday night on an immigration bill that is the centerpiece of Obama's second-term agenda but faces resistance among more conservative Republicans in the House.

Obama and Vice President Biden will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), as well as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The meeting, which will be closed to the press, is Obama’s first with congressional leadership since March 1, when the leaders failed to reach an agreement to prevent automatic spending cuts known as the sequester.

The meeting will cover a range of international and domestic issues, including immigration reform and student loans, according to a White House official.

The Tuesday afternoon meeting is scheduled to begin about two hours after Obama delivers a major address at Georgetown University, where he will detail an agenda to sidestep Congress and use his executive powers to address climate change.

Obama is expected to outline plans to limit greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, increase appliance efficiency standards and promote renewable energy development on public lands.

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.



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