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White House, Senate Leaders Huddle on Jobs Strategy

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks at the Capitol.(Liz Lynch)

Senate Democratic leaders are meeting with President Obama on Friday morning to talk legislative and political strategy on the administration’s jobs plan, Democratic leadership aides said.

The meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday evening, was delayed because the Senate was voting on legislation cracking down on Chinese currency.

 

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The meeting comes as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is preparing to bring the bill to the Senate floor next week.

“They’re just getting on the same page,” said a senior Democratic aide who asked not to be named.

Senate Democrats, including Reid, have been irked by what they consider a lack of communication between them and the White House on how to move the jobs plan and sell it to voters.

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, Senate Democratic Policy and Communications Chairman Charles Schumer of New York, and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington will join Reid at the White House.

This week Reid added a more politically appealing way to pay for the $447 billion jobs measure by adding a 5.6 percent surtax on people who earn more than $1 million a year.

Senate Republicans are expected to filibuster, and House GOP leaders say they have no intention of passing the bill. But the measure may still loom large politically: Democrats believe that by blocking it, Republicans will be forced to accept a larger share of blame for the county’s economic woes.

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