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February 4, 2010 Thursday 3:17 PM EST
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HEADLINE: Obama to meet top Democrats on jobs, health
BYLINE: Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert Schroeder is a reporter for MarketWatch in Washington.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — President Barack Obama is scheduled on Thursday to meet top congressional Democrats to discuss ways forward for creating jobs, reforming the U.S. financial system and strengthening health care, his spokesman said.
Obama will meet House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., at the White House on Thursday afternoon, said spokesman Robert Gibbs.
“First and foremost, there’ll be discussion on jobs and the economy,” Gibbs told reporters. The leaders and Obama will also discuss financial regulatory reform, the proposed overhaul of health care and energy legislation, Gibbs said.
Obama meets the Democratic leaders a day after telling senators of his party to “finish the job” on health-care reform and other issues.
It also comes on the same day that Republican Scott Brown will be sworn in as a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, officially putting an end to the Democrats’ 60-seat supermajority in the Senate.
Thursday morning, Senate Democrats said they hope to move a jobs bill to the floor next week. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said he’s close to getting a deal that would have “meaningful” Republican support for the measure, Congressional Quarterly reported.
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