Meeting with the Senate Democratic caucus in the East Room of the White House this evening, President Obama made clear that his executive order pen is at the ready.
The administration’s readout of the closed-press meeting:
Today, the President met with members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. The group discussed their shared goals for 2014, and the President expressed his desire to continue to work together to advance a number of our priorities for the year to strengthen our economy, create jobs and build the middle class. The President has declared 2014 a year of action, and while he will continue to use his executive authority – his pen and phone – to get things done, he will also work with Congress to make progress on behalf of the American people. The President addressed a number of issues with the Caucus, including increasing the minimum wage so those Americans working hard can have a living wage, passing commonsense immigration reform, strengthening education and promoting a number of other jobs and growth measures.
No doubt he also tried to put some heat on the significant number of Democrats co-sponsoring the Iran sanctions measure which may come up for a vote the week of his State of the Union address. The White House fears the support is growing so large that the bill will be out of the reach of Obama’s veto pen.