Good morning from WWR...the search for healthcare votes continues today, with the President meeting with members of both the Congressional Black and Hispanic Caucuses. As of this writing, the White House appears short of the votes needed for passage. Obama made his case yet again during a speech in Missouri yesterday - the 52nd major address on health care of his presidency. Number 53 is scheduled for Monday in Ohio.
But healthcare isn't the only thing on the minds of the 43-member black caucus, which has a bone to pick with Obama on another issue: jobs. The CBC says the president isn't doing enough to bring down the unemployment rate, which for blacks last month was 15.8%, according to Labor Dept. figures.
He is "not listening" to black lawmakers, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) tells POLITICO.
Obama today will also address the Export-Import Bank’s Annual Conference at a local hotel, where he'll outline his ambitious goal of doubling American exports. Obama will also meet with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the Oval Office to get an update on their efforts toward producing a bipartisan bill to fix the nation's broken immigration system.
Obama will also hold his weekly meeting with Secretary of State Clinton.
But there's also a bit of entertainment on the President's schedule. He and the First Lady will host a preview screening of HBO’s new series, “The Pacific,” in the White House Movie Theater. The series tells the story of the Pacific front during World War II. Expected attendees include members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Security Advisor General Jim Jones, Members of Congress, and members of the VFW and the Women in the Military Service for America Memorial. Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Steven Spielberg, and HBO President Richard Plepler are also expected to attend.
10:00AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
10:30AM THE PRESIDENT receives the Economic Daily Briefing
11:15AM THE PRESIDENT address the Export-Import Bank’s Annual Conference
1:45PM THE PRESIDENT meets with members of the Congressional Black Caucus
State Dining Room
3:00PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Senator Schumer and Senator Graham
3:45PM THE PRESIDENT meets with Secretary of State Clinton
4:15PM THE PRESIDENT meets with senior advisors
5:05PM THE PRESIDENT and THE FIRST LADY host screening of “The Pacific”
White House Movie Theater
6:20PM THE PRESIDENT meets with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus
State Dining Room
1:00PM Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs
On This Day
1941 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the Lend-Lease Act, which authorized the act of providing war supplies to the Allies.
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