Obama to huddle with top Senate Dems on legislative plans ahead of recess

The Senate's top Democrats will head to the White House on Tuesday to huddle with President Barack Obama on remaining legislative priorities.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet in the Roosevelt Room of the White House today with 15 of the Senate's top Democrats, more than a fourth of the party's entire Senate delegation.

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The purpose of the meeting is to "discuss legislative priorities before the August recess," according to White House guidance for the meeting.

Indeed, a number of items remain on the Senate's plate before lawmakers break for their traditional August recess.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he hopes to finish work on Wall Street reform "this week," and move to other top priorities. Those include a long-stalled extension of unemployment benefits and a campaign finance reform bill that Democrats had hoped to bring to the floor before the Fourth of July holiday.

More broadly, Obama may press the senators on other top priorities, like an energy and climate bill, and immigration reform legislation, which the president has said he would like to see set into motion this year. Obama has also called on senators to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia before November.

Democrats in attendance will include: Reid, President Pro Tem Daniel Inouye (Hawaii), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.), Conference Vice Chairman Charles Schumer (N.Y.), Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.), Outreach Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (N.M.), Chief Deputy Whip Barbara Boxer (Calif.), Deputy Whip Tom Carper (Del.), Policy Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Deputy Whip Russ Feingold (Wis.), Rural Outreach Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.), Deputy Whip Bill Nelson (Fla.), Outreach Committee Vice Chairman Mark Pryor (Ark.), and Steering and Outreach Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).