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Obama, John Boehner to meet Tuesday in Oval Office

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President Obama will meet with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, on Tuesday morning, the White House announced.

The two are scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m. in the Oval Office.

The president and speaker will discuss a “broad set of topics,” according to Boehner's office.

The meeting comes as President Obama has sought to bypass Congress on a number of policy initiatives, vowing a “year of action” on fighting income inequality and boosting the middle class.

Obama has said that he will resort to executive actions after his pushes for gun control, immigration reform and other priorities stalled in Congress in 2013.

Since his State of the Union address, Obama has announced a number of unilateral initiatives, including an order raising the minimum wage for new federal contract workers, new private-public partnerships to boost manufacturing, money for “climate hubs” to address extreme weather and plans for tougher fuel standards for trucks.

But many other Obama priorities require lawmakers to act. The president has called on the GOP-controlled House to pass comprehensive immigration reform after the Senate passed legislation in 2013 and to raise the minimum wage for all workers.

Boehner, though, earlier this month said he thought it unlikely legislation would pass the House before the November midterms, pulling the plug on immigration reform.

Conservative lawmakers are also hesitant to raise the minimum wage, arguing that it could hurt small businesses and weaken job growth.

The House GOP also intends to draw attention to and block Obama’s executive push with a series of votes and hearings.

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