Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell will sit down with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden on Wednesday to discuss, among other things, how to advance the stalled Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the White House announced.
The 3 p.m. meeting at the White House will also include discussions on efforts to reduce high school dropout rates.
Obama has identified ratification of START as one of his priorities for the lame-duck Congress, but he has run into resistance from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), who is demanding more time to debate the treaty.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.