House Dems will get a visit from the President

by Eric Summerman
The Hill
1/7/10

President Barack Obama will speak to House Democrats at a conference next week, House leaders said Thursday.

The president will huddle with Democrats at their “issues conference” either next Wednesday or Thursday, said Rep. John Larson (Conn.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

The meeting will focus on jobs and innovation, but Obama will also likely seek to soothe House Democrats’ concerns about outstanding differences with the Senate on healthcare reform.

The huddle comes as House Democrats — most notably Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — seem somewhat upset that the White House has seemed to favor the Senate-backed “excise tax” to pay for healthcare reform, rather than a surcharge on millionaires, which the House included in its version of the bill.

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