WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's Wednesdays are filling up fast.
In addition to regular Wednesday night parties for lawmakers, now comes word he's planning semi-regular Wednesday morning meetings with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, according to administration and congressional officials.
The officials said the president sees considers semi-regular Oval Office meetings - including one slated for this week, at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday - as a chance to have a direct pipeline to the congressional leaders.
The Wednesday confabs come amid growing signs that Obama's agenda may face major hurdles put in its way by some of his fellow Democrats, who have different priorities on some details in the president's budget.
"They want to maintain their open lines of communication and talk about progress they need to make on the big issues," said one senior administration official.
A senior Democratic congressional official added that both sides see "daunting challenges" coming and want to meet on most Wednesday mornings at the White House to "coordinate strategy" in the months ahead.
While the Obama team has pledged to have the most open administration in history, the Democratic officials said the leaders do not plan to discuss the details of the White House meetings with the media, but instead will keep the deliberations private.