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Obama Hosts Leading Members to Discuss Jobs

President Barack Obama will huddle Wednesday with a bipartisan group of senior lawmakers to discuss “the next steps for growing the economy and creating jobs,— according to a White House statement. 

White House officials describe the meeting as part of a continuing effort by Obama to focus on creating jobs as the unemployment rate still hovers in the double digits. Republicans are charging that Obama is presiding over a “jobless— recovery while the White House notes that job creation often lags during economic turnarounds.

The meeting, which is set to begin at 10:50 a.m., will include discussions about new stimulus measures outlined by Obama on Tuesday in Washington. Several of the proposals, including tax breaks for small business, will be crafted collaboratively with Congress, according to the White House. As part of the campaign on jobs, Obama will make statements to the press both before and after the meeting.

The White House said the following lawmakers are expected at the meeting: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.); House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.); House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio); Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.); House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.); House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.); Senate Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray (Wash.); House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.); Senate Budget ranking member Judd Gregg (R-N.H.); Health, Education, Labor and Pensions ranking member Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.); Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa); Ways and Means ranking member Dave Camp (R-Mich.); and Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).