President Obama met with House Democrats on Tuesday at the White House, assuring them that although he has vowed to move his agenda with executive actions, he is ready to work together on their “shared priorities.”
Obama in his meeting with the House Democratic Caucus “expressed the importance of working together on numerous priorities to strengthen the economy, create jobs, and expand opportunity for all,” said the White House in a statement.
“In this year's State of the Union Address, the President declared 2014 a year of action. While he will continue to take action through executive authority, he stressed the importance of working with Congress on their shared priorities to help the middle class,” the White House added.
The meeting came a week after Obama’s address to Congress, where he laid out plans to push his economic agenda after a disastrous 2013. Obama has said that he would refocus his second-term agenda on policies to bolster the middle class and fight “income inequality,” which he has called the defining challenge of our time.
But with House Republicans likely to oppose his proposals, Obama has threatened to use a “pen” and a “phone” where he can, relying on his executive powers.
“The President discussed the importance of increasing the minimum wage, strengthening education, passing common-sense immigration reform, fighting to make sure women get equal pay for equal work, extending unemployment benefits, as well as other measures that will create jobs and help middle class families,” the White House said.
“Tonight, House Democrats had the privilege of sitting down with President Obama for a productive discussion of Democrats’ shared agenda for the year ahead,” their statement said.
“Working together, we can deliver on the full promise of America and forge a brighter, more prosperous future for generations to come,” they added.