WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is meeting at the White House with the four top Republican and Democratic leaders of Congress, the first such meeting since last July when the administration and Congress were fiercely negotiating to avoid a government default.
This meeting occurs against no similar crisis or deadline.
Instead, the meeting comes after bipartisan majorities in Congress passed an extension of a payroll tax cut sought by Obama. It also comes amid budding efforts to pass bipartisan legislation to give support to small businesses.
Attending the meeting are Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.