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Obama tries to unify Senate Democrats

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago February 06, 2013 Feb 6, 2013 Wednesday, February 06 2013 February 06, 2013 6:24 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is working to sell Senate Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas.

The president meets with senators Wednesday at a closed-door retreat in Annapolis, Md.

Obama's prospects for enacting his ambitious second-term agenda depend partly on Senate Democrats putting on a unified front. Almost everything on his to-do list faces opposition from Senate Republicans - and even heavier opposition in the Republican-controlled House.

The retreat is also Obama's first chance to press senators directly on his proposal for a quick fix to avert the sweeping spending cuts set to take effect on March 1. Obama says Congress should pass a short-term set of spending cuts and tax changes to give lawmakers more time to hash out a broader deal.

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