Biden convenes congressional leaders to discuss legislative priorities – White House By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden discusses the results of the 2022 U.S. midterm elections during a press conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., November 9 2022. REUTERS / Tom Brenner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden is convening congressional leaders on Tuesday to discuss legislative priorities through the end of the year, the White House said.

Biden scheduled the meeting for 10:30 a.m. (3:30 p.m. GMT), the White House said without giving details of the attendees.

At the top of lawmakers’ list of priorities during the so-called lame duck session was federal government funding beyond Dec. 16, when existing funds run out.

The National Defense Authorization Act is also on the list, along with Senate confirmation of more federal judges and the Voter Count Act, which revises the Congressional certification process for federal judges. presidential elections. The Senate aims to pass protecting same-sex marriage on Tuesday.

Biden pushed a message of unity after fellow Democrats retained control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 8 congressional election, bucking history, media projections and pundits who have warned voters cared more. gasoline prices than warnings from Biden that equality and democracy were under threat.

Republicans have taken control of the House of Representatives, but the narrow margin gives the White House Biden more room to win the approval of judicial and other candidates, and a better chance that Democrats can pass more Ukrainian funding and national social programs.

The new Congress will meet in January.

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