An hourlong meeting between President Barack Obama and top congressional leaders at the White House on Tuesday afternoon was exclusively about foreign policy, according to an aide to Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio.
“The president briefed the leaders on a number of issues and events taking place around the globe, and the speaker appreciated the courtesy,” the Boehner aide said.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told reporters that the meeting was “good” upon returning to the Capitol.
“The word ‘immigration’ never came out of his lips,” Reid said of Obama.
There certainly is plenty of foreign policy for the four leaders to talk about — including the case of Edward Snowden, which has affected relations with China, Russia and other countries — as well as the civil war in Syria, given the president’s recent decision to increase military assistance to the rebels.
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.