President Barack Obama and his 2012 campaign manager, Jim Messina, will be the featured speakers at a Senate Democratic retreat Wednesday, multiple sources have confirmed.
The policy conference, which will be held at Nationals Park, is an annual event used by the party to plot out its strategy for the coming year. Messina’s speech will come just days after he sent emails to Obama campaign supporters announcing that the campaign will back a super PAC, Priorities USA Action.
Messina’s appearance will likely include an explanation of the decision, given Senate Democratic leaders publicly criticized GOP-run super PACs last week.
Democratic Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.) held a press conference with colleagues to announce their intention to revive failed campaign finance reform legislation.
Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden spoke to House Democrats at their retreat late last month.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.