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 ReidThe Memo: Trump pulls off a stone-cold stunner The Memo: Ending DACA a risky move for Trump Manchin pressed from both sides in reelection fight MORE (D-Nev.), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSenate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill This week: Senate wrapping up defense bill after amendment fight Cuomo warns Dems against cutting DACA deal with Trump MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) will discuss budget and national security issues with Obama and Vice President Biden. 

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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 RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) last week at the White House. 

Reid and Pelosi last met with Obama in late January.