Obama to visit Capitol Hill
July 26th, 2013
07:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama to visit Capitol Hill

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama will make a rare visit to Capitol Hill Wednesday to meet with House and Senate Democrats ahead of the month-long summer recess, according to two Democratic congressional sources.

"He's going to discuss our shared Democratic agenda to keep moving the country forward by growing the economy, rebuilding the middle class, implementing the affordable care act and reforming our broken immigration system," one source said.

The visit comes as the president has renewed a push to focus on the economy. He traveled to Illinois, Missouri and Florida this week to reiterate that he plans to spend the rest of his second term on policies that help bolster the middle class.

Government surveillance programs could also come up for discussion. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and 153 members of Congress signed a letter to the president Friday, asking him to address concerns over civil liberties and the National Security Agency's program that gathers phone records.

The House on Wednesday narrowly defeated a proposal to restrict the program that was exposed by Edward Snowden. Some of the signatories of the letter Friday voted for that measure, while others voted against it. But they "all agree that there are lingering questions and concerns" about the program.

The president last took a trip to the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue in March, when he met with Republicans and Democrats in both chambers to primarily talk about fiscal issues.

– CNN's Kevin Bohn contributed to this report.


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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Marcus Wel

    The money has run out!
    Again!
    $17 trillion debt and Obama has nothing to show for it! We cannot continue this insane spending!

    July 26, 2013 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    President Obama has been talking and delivering leadership ideas on the economy jobs and education and has had to get 60 votes for anything or face a completely separate bill proposal from the House add in the debt ceiling fiasco in the past and here we with Republicans and have nominations held up for pure political ideology and spite against legislation passed they don't like.
    a) Refusing standard procedure on budget reconciliation.
    b) Recent policy statements ex Boehner = No debt ceiling increase with spending cuts same policy that previously caused the debt down grading.
    c) We'll vote to defund Obama care any such bill will be vetoed by Obama its the law... the democrats will not allow any repeal stop being childish and do something real.
    The president has policies that are good ideas, the republicans simply are the spoilt child who cant get his way but continues to demand his way, or no way!! Oh and never mind wee the people.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    July 26, 2013 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  3. Wes

    He must have thought Capitol Hill was a golf course.

    July 26, 2013 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  4. HenryMiller

    "He's going to discuss our shared Democratic agenda to keep moving the country forward..."

    Obama's notion of "forward" is utterly repulsive to a lot of us.

    July 26, 2013 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  5. Ed1

    Another joke in the making Obama doesn't care all he wants to do is finish his last term doing what he and his family wants to do at the tax payers expense.

    July 26, 2013 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  6. Dar

    This is just a warm up for Obama to hone his lies for later on when he really needs them in September.
    I just cant believe that people still think this dork knows what he is doing.

    July 27, 2013 06:06 am at 6:06 am |