Obama, Dems to huddle on budget

Obama, Dems to huddle on budget
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President Obama will huddle with Democratic leaders in the Oval Office on Tuesday after rolling out his final budget request as president, the White House announced Monday.

Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidVirginia was a wave election, but without real change, the tide will turn again Top Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor MORE (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerJuan Williams: The politics of impeachment Texas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) will discuss budget and national security issues with Obama and Vice President Biden. 

The meeting is an effort to rally Democratic support around Obama’s budget request for Congress, which Republicans have already rejected ahead of its release.  

No longer facing reelection and with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress, Obama’s budget is expected to include long-shot progressive ideas on his policy wish list that have little chance of becoming law. 

For example, White House ruffled feathers on Capitol Hill last week by rolling out a new $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund a multi-billion dollar green transportation plan. GOP leaders immediately declared the proposal dead on arrival. 

The budget could fire up Democratic voters ahead of November’s elections, in which the party is hoping to take back control of the Senate and expand its numbers in the House. But it could also pose challenges for party members running for election in swing states. 

To that end, Obama invited Schumer and Israel — who run the party’s messaging efforts in the Senate and House.

Obama is also hoping to build support in Congress for his $1.8 billion emergency funding request to fight the Zika virus. Reid announced his support for the plan earlier Monday. 

A similar meeting with Republican leaders is not on Obama’s Tuesday schedule, although he did host Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDem: Ex-lawmaker tried to pin me to elevator door and kiss me Two months later: Puerto Rico doesn’t have power, education or economy running again On Capitol Hill, few name names on sexual harassment MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAlabama election has GOP racing against the clock McConnell PAC demands Moore return its money Klobuchar taking over Franken's sexual assault bill MORE (R-Ky.) last week at the White House. 

Reid and Pelosi last met with Obama in late January.