President Obama will host two events on the economy this week as Democrats seek to pivot the political discussion away from the healthcare law.

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Democrats dispute that that the healthcare law will be a liability for the party in this year’s elections, and celebrated the news last week that ObamaCare enrollments topped 7 million.

Still, they argue that jobs and the economy will be the central battleground in November.

“That’s the debate that the election will be about, jobs and the budget,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week.

Obama will be hosting two events on the economy this week. On Monday, he will travel to Prince George's County, Md. to host an event on the economy, and will follow that up with another event Tuesday at the White House.

The renewed focus on the economy comes on the heels of new figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, released Friday, that suggested the U.S. is rebounding after a tough winter. In March, 192,000 jobs were added and the unemployment rate remained at 6.7 percent.

Democrats are pushing a populist message for the midterm elections, with a focus on unemployment benefits, pay disparity between the sexes and the minimum wage.

The Senate on Monday is set to approve legislation that would provide unemployment benefits to people who lost it when the funding expired at the end of last year.

House Republican leaders are not expected to hold a vote on the bill, after raising concerns about paying the unemployed retroactively. Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerSudan sanctions spur intense lobbying OPINION | GOP's 7-year ObamaCare blood oath ends in failure A simple fix to encourage bipartisanship in the House MORE (R-Ohio) has also said the measure doesn’t include a job creation provision.

The administration has been urging an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour as part of a broader populist pitch by Democrats.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThe GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million Senate heads to new healthcare vote with no clear plan OPINION | GOP healthcare attack is a vendetta against President Obama MORE (R-Maine) has been working on a deal to raise the wage, but it may not be as large of a hike as the administration is demanding.

Obama has hosted a slew of events on the economy this year, touting the government’s work in recovering jobs from the recession. On Friday, Jason FurmanJason FurmanFormer WH economists argue steel tariffs would hurt US economy, diplomatic ties Economy adds 222K jobs in June, beating expectations Economists support Trump's pick to lead White House economic council MORE, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, stressed that the private sector has added 8.9 million jobs since 2010.