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By: Lisa Lerer and Nia-Malika Henderson
March 11, 2010 09:15 PM EDT
In a meeting aides described as “frank but cordial,” members of the Congressional Black Caucus told President Barack Obama on Thursday that he has to do more to help African-Americans.
Black congressional leaders emerged from an afternoon pow-wow at the White House with nothing but nice things to say about President Obama, even though behind the scenes the lawmakers and their aides seemed to be spoiling for a fight.
BY PHAROH MARTIN NNPA NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT
By CHARLES BABINGTON (AP)
WASHINGTON — In private pitches to Democrats, President Barack Obama says he will persuade Congress to pass his health care overhaul even if it kills him and even if he has to ask deeply distrustful lawmakers to trust him on a promise the White House doesn't have the power to keep.
By Cynthia Gordy
By CARL HULSE
WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday approved a $15 billion measure intended to spur job creation by granting tax breaks to businesses that hire workers, as Democrats, bracing for new jobless figures, tried to show that Congress was doing something about stubborn unemployment.
Washington by Kevin Chappell
In an exclusive interview with Washington Insights, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said that she met with President Barack Obama at the White House, and expressed concerns over his health care proposal.
By ALAN FRAM
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON — Support from his own party in doubt, President Barack Obama summoned more than a dozen House Democrats to the White House Thursday, pleading with them to put aside their qualms, seize a historic moment and vote for his massive health care overhaul.
By ANDREW TAYLOR (AP) – Mar 4, 2010
WASHINGTON — Despite doubts among many lawmakers that it'll create many jobs, the House on Thursday passed legislation giving companies that hire the jobless a temporary payroll tax break.
The measure passed 217-201 on a mostly party-line vote. The bill also extends federal highway programs through the end of the year.
By Sam Stein
The White House begins its campaign to get skeptical Democrats on board health care reform on Thursday afternoon when the president plans to sit down with a group of progressive and pro-business House Democrats in two separate meetings.