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The Week Ahead: Obama to press economic agenda at home and abroad

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President Obama will return to Washington, D.C. on Monday after a three-day stay in California, and will continue to press his economic agenda at home and reinforce trade and security ties at a summit of North American leaders.

The president traveled to California on Friday and offered millions in aid to the state, which has been hit by a severe drought. Obama also met with King Abdullah II of Jordan, discussing a number of key foreign policy issues, including the Mideast peace process and the Syrian civil war. Obama also spent much of the Presidents Day weekend golfing with friends.

On Tuesday, though, Obama will resume pressing Congress to adopt his economic agenda, with an event scheduled in the Washington, D.C. area.

Since his State of the Union address, Obama has regularly left the Beltway to promote policies he says will bolster the middle class and fight income inequality. At a suburban Maryland Costco store last month, Obama called on Congress to raise the minimum wage for workers to $10.10 an hour.

On Wednesday, Obama is headed to Toluca, Mexico, where he will join the leaders of Canada and Mexico for the North American Leaders Summit.

The president will “discuss a wide range of issues including economic competitiveness and citizen security,” said the White House about the summit.

High on the agenda will likely be strengthening trade and security ties between the North American partners.

But on Capitol Hill, Obama’s trade push has been stalled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who opposes granting him fast-track powers to finalize two agreements with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union.

On Thursday, Obama returns from Mexico and will attend the Democratic Governors Association dinner and on Friday will meet with Democratic governors who are in Washington to attend the National Governors Association Winter Meetings.

The White House said Obama and the governors from his party will "discuss his 'Opportunity for all' agenda and the 'year of action.' "

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