Obama to meet with House Democrats about plans before August break


President Obama will huddle with a group of top House Democratic lawmakers about their legislative plans two and a half weeks before the chamber breaks for August recess.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will meet with eight Democratic leaders in the Oval Office late Wednesday afternoon "to discuss legislative priorities before the August recess," according to the president's schedule.

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The House has completed work on several legislative items the Senate has yet to pass, but leaders are still focused on finishing work on long-term unemployment benefits and passing a war supplemental spending package.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) scheduled the House's recess to begin July 30, saying that the lower chamber will have enough time to complete its work. 

But House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who will be in attendance Wednesday, recently said that the House should work into August to complete a long-term unemployment benefits bill.

Democrats are focused on job-creation bills ahead of the November midterm elections, partially in an effort to show voters they are committed to bringing the economy out of its recession.

Senate Democrats huddled with Obama and Biden on Tuesday to map out their agenda leading up to recess, which includes finishing the Wall Street reform bill, extending unemployment benefits and expanding credit for small businesses.

Obama has also said he would like to set in motion a major climate bill and immigration reform this year. The House passed a climate bill last year, but the Senate's version is expected to be significantly different. Although immigration appears to be an uphill climb, one member of leadership said he hoped to get a bill done before year's end.

The members who will be in attendance are: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Hoyer, Clyburn, Democratic Caucus Chairman John Larson (Conn.), Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.), Assistant to the Speaker and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.), Democratic Policy Committee Chairman George Miller (Calif.) and Democratic Steering Committee Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (Conn.).