WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is promoting his second-term agenda to House Democrats, eager to keep them unified as a bulwark against a Republican majority on issues ranging from the economy to immigration to guns.
Obama is meeting with Democratic lawmakers Thursday during their retreat in Lansdowne, Va., one day after he held a closed-door session with Senate Democrats at their off-campus conference in Annapolis, Md.
The meetings with legislators from his own party come just days before next Tuesday's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. This week's meetings have served as something of a preamble for that nationally televised speech.
Officials say Obama will deliver public remarks to the House members and take questions in a private session.