Obama meets with Senate Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama has met with Senate Democrats to discuss their annual agenda and an upcoming deadline to extend a payroll tax cut.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday the president was talking to the lawmakers about the upcoming budget plan, the economy and efforts to extend the payroll tax cut for the rest of the year.

The president was accompanied to the meeting at Nationals Park by new White House chief of staff Jack Lew and top aides Pete Rouse and Rob Nabors. Obama held a similar meeting with House Democrats last month.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina also briefed Senate Democrats about the president’s re-election campaign.

The meeting was closed to press coverage.