President Barack Obama will meet with Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate to discuss the potential for bipartisan agreement on legislation aimed at creating jobs and boosting the economy, the White House announced this evening.
According to the White House, the luncheon is designed to talk about “ongoing efforts to find common ground on legislative priorities that will create jobs and strengthen America’s economy.”
Obama is expected to meet with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in a luncheon organized by the White House, Congressional aides said.
This is the first time the top four leaders of Congress have had lunch with Obama since July, according to a GOP aide, who added that the luncheons had been a monthly event until then.
The meeting comes on the heels of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s introduction of a bipartisan package of jobs measures today. The package includes several bills that have already passed the House by wide bipartisan margins, as well as several bills authored by Democrats.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.