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President Barack Obama heads to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to huddle in separate meetings with Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives — strategy sessions ahead of the August recess, when lawmakers are likely to face riled up voters in their home districts.
The president aims to discuss his legislative priorities and his latest push for programs to help the middle class and bolster the wobbly economy, a senior administration official said. He'll also speak to lawmakers about progress towards implementing Obamacare and the struggle to advance a comprehensive overhaul of the nation's immigration policies.
The White House has not forgotten the role "town hall" meetings played in galvanizing opposition, notably from the tea party, to Obama's agenda during his first term.