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November 9, 2015

Obama, Netanyahu Aim to Get Past Iran Deal Tension

(Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

(Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama said Monday it’s time he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu get past their “strong disagreement” over the Iran nuclear deal and work toward “blunting destabilizing activities” in Iran that threaten Israel.

The two leaders, joined by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and senior aides, huddled for several hours in the Oval Office in their first face-to-face meeting in more than a year. Both spoke briefly before their closed-door meeting about working together to quell violence in the Palestinian territories, bolstering Israel’s military and combating the Islamic State terror group.

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November 2, 2015

White House Throws First Elbow at Speaker Ryan

UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 30: Capitol workers installed the new Speaker of the House sign at the entrance to the Speaker's office suite in the Capitol in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 30, 2015. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., was elected Speaker of the House the previous day, taking over for the outgoing Speaker John Boehner. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The White House dinged Speaker Paul D. Ryan Monday for suggesting President Barack Obama “kept poisoning the well” two years ago, when immigration overhaul legislation died in the House.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest sharply criticized Ryan for the first time during his embryonic speakership, calling it “preposterous” for the Wisconsin Republican to claim Obama “kept poisoning the well” during efforts in 2013 to overhaul the country’s immigration system, according to a White House pool report. Full story

October 29, 2015

White House Casts Budget Deal as Jobs Engine

President Barack Obama (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President Barack Obama (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The White House is describing a budget and debt deal it struck with congressional leaders as a job-creation engine, a day before a key Senate vote on the measure.

The Obama administration used a statement about gross domestic product growth during the third quarter of 2015 to predict the sweeping fiscal plan would create “an estimated 340,000 jobs in 2016.” Full story

October 15, 2015

November Social Security Checks Could Hinge on Debt Deal

Secretary of the Treasury Jacob Lew, makes his way to a lunch with Senate democrats in the Capitol. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Lew makes his way to a lunch with Senate Democrats in the Capitol earlier this year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Lawmakers have another reason to move quickly to address the debt ceiling: senior citizens.

Thursday’s update to the timing that the Treasury Department says the country will go past the nation’s borrowing authority in 19 days raises questions about November’s Social Security checks.

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October 1, 2015

Debt Limit Coming a Month Earlier Than Expected (Updated)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:56 p.m. | The Treasury Department said Thursday it would reach the debt limit a bit earlier than was expected by many on Capitol Hill.

Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told Congress in a new letter that thanks in part to lower-than-expected quarterly tax receipts, the extraordinary measures to forestall breaching the debt limit, combined with the new revenues, will run their course just a week after the resignation of Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, takes effect.

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July 22, 2015

White House Keeps Up Export-Import Bank Push

Reps. Paul Tonko  Joyce Beatty and Carolyn Maloney conduct a news conference Wednesday at the Capitol's House triangle on the Joint Economic Committee's report supporting the Export-Import Bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Reps. Paul Tonko, Joyce Beatty and Carolyn Maloney conduct a news conference Wednesday on the Joint Economic Committee’s report supporting the Export-Import Bank. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama is pushing hard for a deal reviving the Export-Import Bank before Congress heads home for the August recess — Donald Trump notwithstanding.

“These next couple of weeks, before Congress adjourns, is the time for us to go ahead and complete this,” he said as he met with officials from companies across the country who have benefited from the financing the bank provides for exports. Full story

July 20, 2015

At White House Celebration of Disability Law, Obama Leaves Treaty Aside

Dole has made repeated appearances to advocate for the disability treaty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Dole has made repeated appearances to advocate for the disability treaty. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When President Barack Obama hailed the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, he didn’t make mention of a treaty on disabilities that’s been stymied in the Senate.

Both former Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., were in attendance at the White House event Monday. Both longtime senators played key roles in the enactment of the landmark ADA a quarter century ago, and both advocated for Senate concurrence in the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

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July 1, 2015

Obama Makes Op-Ed Push to Revive Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank charter has lapsed. (Screenshot)

The Export-Import Bank charter has lapsed. (Screenshot)

As the charter for the Export-Import Bank was lapsing, President Barack Obama penned opinion pieces in a number of newspapers across the country asking readers to pressure their lawmakers to bring it back.

“Your members of Congress are home this week. So if you’re a small business owner – or an employee of a large business that depends on financing to sell in new markets and create new jobs – tell your senators to quit treating your business like it’s expendable. Tell your representative to stop the delays,” Obama writes in the version published in Wednesday’s Birmingham News. “It’s time for Congress to do its job, and keep America’s exports growing.”

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May 14, 2015

Takeaways From Obama’s Press Conference

Warren and Obama have been trading barbs of late over trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Warren and Obama have been trading barbs of late over trade. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama says his fight with “Elizabeth,” as in Warren, has never been “personal.”

He’s happy the Senate is moving forward on his fast-track trade bill but wants to keep reaching out to opponents on the left.

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April 23, 2015

Brown Praises GOP’s Newfound Love for Obama

Brown praised Republicans' new found support for the president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Brown praised Republicans’ new found support for the president. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

“I just think it’s a new day for our country,” Sen. Sherrod Brown deadpanned Thursday to a room full of reporters gathered to hear him and Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., discuss their reservations with trade promotion authority legislation cruising toward the Senate floor.

The Ohio Democrat, a critic of the trade measure passed out of the Senate Finance Committee Wednesday evening, set aside his policy critique for a moment to sarcastically marvel at how Republicans were now fighting for their long-time nemesis, President Barack Obama, to be given expedited authority to negotiate trade deals, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The pact is a priority for the White House and most congressional Republicans. But it has drawn strife from many Democrats, particularly those from states hit hard by manufacturing losses, such as Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Even as Brown and Casey were outlining their position, evidence of the “new day” was showing up across the Rotunda. The House Ways and Means Committee was marking up its own version of the TPA bill. The panel’s chairman, Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, found himself in Brown’s era of good feelings, defending the administration’s push for trade promotion authority against another Rust Belt Democrat, ranking member Sander M. Levin of Michigan.

All kidding aside, Brown said he actually was amazed at the effort the White House was putting into its trade agenda. He said more congressional Democrats have been lobbied on trade by the Obama administration, including multiple Cabinet members, than on any other issue during Obama’s presidency.

“That’s just sad,” Brown said.

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