Obama to meet with Reid, Pelosi ahead of Dem retreat
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President Obama will huddle with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidMcConnell not yet ready to change rules for Trump nominees The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Trump to press GOP on changing Senate rules MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday in the Oval Office, the White House announced.

The leaders will “discuss legislative priorities for the coming months” and “areas of cooperation for the year ahead,” the White House said in a statement Monday. 

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The meeting with the top two Democrats in Congress comes two days before congressional Democrats hold their annual retreat in Baltimore, Md. Obama and Vice President Biden, who willl also attend the meeting, will speak to Democratic lawmakers there.

Entering his final year in office, Obama’s to-do list for lawmakers is small — a bow to the twin realities of election-year gridlock and Republican control of the House and Senate.

But Obama is pushing Congress to pass a handful of measures that would add to his list of accomplishments, including criminal-justice reform legislation, a plan to close the Guantánamo Bay military prison and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.

The president faces a tough sell convincing members of his own party to back the trade agreement. Democrats largely voted against Obama on a trade promotion authority bill last year, which paved the way for the 12-nation agreement to be finalized.

Obama was forced to rely on Republican votes for the trade authority bill. So far, the president has not scheduled a formal meeting with Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDon't let them fool you — Republicans love regulation, too Senate harassment bill runs into opposition from House The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — The art of walking away from the deal MORE (R-Wis.) or Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGiuliani: White House wants briefing on classified meeting over Russia probe GOP senators introduce Trump's plan to claw back billion in spending The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Trump now says Korea summit could still happen June 12 MORE (R-Ky.)

Bloomberg News reported the president could meet with Ryan as soon as this week, but a blizzard that hit Washington over the weekend could complicate those plans. The House canceled all votes this week due to the after-effects of the storm.