It's a fairly quiet day for President Obama as he begins what is likely to be a busy week ahead of the implementation of the sequester on Friday.
The president will appear before cameras briefly at 11:05 to address governors of both parties at the White House. A White House official told CNN all 50 governors were invited to the event, though an actual attendance list is not available.
Meanwhile, Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:45.
President Obama begins the shortened week with remarks Tuesday morning urging action to avoid the automatic across-the-board budget cuts called the sequester. The remarks will come at at a 10:45 am event, which the White House says will include first responders whose jobs may be lost if the spending cuts are allowed to go forward, is the first White House effort in more than two weeks to publicly draw attention to the issue.
The cuts are scheduled to hit Friday, March 1 "if Congress fails to find a path forward on a balanced deficit reduction," the White House said. The reductions could spur the loss of thousands of jobs.
While President Obama spent Monday discussing his gun control agenda, Tuesday is all about immigration. The president is holding two high profile meetings with among the highest stakeholders in the debate - business leaders and union groups. Members from both groups have said they support immigration reform but are wary some actions could negataively affect an already fragile economy.
(CNN) – The issue of Syria will take center stage during Vice President Biden’s five day trip to Europe as tensions continue to escalate across the region, the White House said Thursday.
The highlight of Biden’s visit to four European cities is expected to come Saturday at a national security conference in Munich, Germany, where he will meet with UN Special Representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and leaders of the Syrian Opposition Council, the White House announced Thursday.
The meetings come in the wake of increased sectarian strife in Syria as well as news that Israeli fighter jets Thursday struck a Syrian convoy suspected of moving weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.
Biden, who departs for Europe Thursday evening, will also make stops in Berlin, Paris, and London before returning to Washington on Wednesday. In each country, he is slated to sit down with top officials including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and UK Prime Minister David Cameron.
At all the meetings, White House officials said the latest developments in Syria would be a leading topic of conversation, as well as issues surrounding the Eurozone, the French military effort in Mali, and security issues surround Iran.
One day after he flew to the Las Vegas area to push immigration reform, President Obama is expected to keep a relatively low profile Wednesday. While the president will not be making a public appearance, he is scheduled to sit down for interviews with Telemundo and Univision as he continues his immigration push. Also of note, Obama and Hillary Clinton are set to hold a private lunch as the outgoing Secretary of State gets set to formally resign her post.
Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will brief reporters at 12:30 PM ET.
The president will embark on his first trip of the second term Tuesday morning when he heads to the Las Vegas, Nevada area to push immigration reform. The White House is offering few details about what the president will say in the speech and whether he will divert significantly from a bipartisan immigration proposal in the Senate. Nonetheless, it's safe to say the president will broadly endorse the Senate plan, which offers a pathway to citizenship. Obama will deliver the speech at 2:55 p.m. ET.
Waking up to Washington's first dusting of snow this winter, the president is preparing for a day largely behind closed doors. As of now there are no public events on his schedule.
However a senior administration official tells Jessica Yellin that an event will soon be added to the president's schedule: an announcement of former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White as the choice to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the same event, the president will re-nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray was previously appointed to the post during a recess appointment.
Also on our radar this morning: Vice President Biden continues his role as the administration's point man on the issue of guns, set to convene a "Google Hangout" to discuss the topic this afternoon This comes a day before the vice president heads to Richmond, VA to begin the PR push on the package of gun control reforms the president proposed last week.
A day after his surprise press conference, President Obama is set to receive Vice President Biden’s much anticipated recommendations on the issue of gun control.
The recommendations follow more than a week of meetings involving the vice president and several stake-holders on all sides of the issue. It’s expected the recommendations will include both proposals for legislative action as well as executive orders the president can issue unilaterally.
The prospect of the latter has especially riled gun rights supporters, who fear Obama will single-handedly undermine the spirit of the Second Amendment. During the press conference Monday, the president insisted that was not his goal.
Full schedule after the jump:
President Obama and Vice President Biden will stay behind closed doors Monday but are maintaining busy schedules. After meeting Biden for lunch and then sitting down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the Oval Office, Obama will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony in which he receives foreign ambassadors recently posted to the United States.
Meanwhile, Biden’s ongoing discussions surrounding the issue of gun control continue Monday, this time with several Democratic members of Congress. According to a White House official, Biden will sit down with 12 House Democrats ahead of his expecting recommendations to the president Tuesday regarding further action on the issue. The Democrats constitute the House Democratic task force on gun violence.
Those Democrats include:
Rep. Mike Thompson (CA)
Rep. Bobby Scott (VA)
Rep. Chaka Fattah (PA)
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (NY)
Rep. Jackie Speier (CA)
Rep. Elizabeth Esty (CT)
Rep. William Enyart (IL)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO)
Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS)
Rep. John Conyers (MI)
Rep. John Dingell (MI)
Rep. Ron Barber (AZ)
(CNN) – Nancy-Ann DeParle, among the most prominent women in President Barack Obama’s inner circle, is set to depart her White House post after his second-term inauguration.
DeParle, deputy White House chief of staff, will join the Brookings Institution later this month and also begin lecturing at Harvard Law School. News of DeParle’s departure was announced Friday by Brookings Institution’s president, Strobe Talbott.
Earlier this week, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced she would resign. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also are on their way out.