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"While he's there, he will want to discuss a range of priorities, including, of course, the conversations he's been having on budget-related issues, the need to reduce our deficit in a balanced way, but also immigration reform and the progress that's being made on that subject in a bipartisan way, efforts to move forward on actions to reduce gun violence, also efforts that involve both Democrats and Republicans," White House press secretary Jay Carney said Monday.

"Other items that are on his list of priorities include increasing our energy independence, the need to do something about the pace of nominations being confirmed and considered in the Senate, judicial nominations in particular, as well as the need for Congress to take action on cybersecurity."

Obama began his outreach to GOP lawmakers last Wednesday, at a dinner with 12 senators. Last Thursday he also had lunch at the White House with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul RyanSenators move to protect 'Dreamers' Cruz, DeSantis to introduce constitutional amendment on term limits House GOP made call on miners benefits MORE (R-Wis.).