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Sent: Monday, September 12, 2016 5:33 PM
To: Gabriel, Brian A. EOP/WHO
Subject: In-town print pool No. 2
POTUS met this afternoon with congressional leaders and made an appeal for progress on several fronts, including a government spending plan, funding to fight the Zika virus and for disaster relief in Louisiana and Flint, Mich.
On a couch to his right: Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. On a couch to his left: Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
POTUS thanked them for coming. “Even though I know that we’re in the midst of a political season and everybody is thinking about elections, there’s still business to be done and I was encouraged by some of the constructive work that’s being done right now,” POTUS said from the Oval Office.
No. 1, he said, is to “make sure that the government stays open.”
No 2. “to adequately fund our efforts to not only deal with the Zika outbreaks but also come up with diagnostic tools and vaccines that will solve the problem for good.”
He also said the leaders discussed disaster relief for Louisiana as well as areas dealing with wildfires. He mentioned the situation in Flint, Mich.
POTUS said they also talked about bipartisan work on criminal justice reform and said he provided a briefing on his travels to Asia.
“My hope is that we can make some modest progress in areas where we agree and where we’ve been working together,” POTUS said. “After the election, I’m even more hopeful that we can get some things done. But I want to thank everybody for coming here. My hope is that by the time Congress adjourns, before the election, that we will have an agreement in place to fund the government …”
Asked if he was “worried about Hillary Clinton’s health,” POTUS did not engage, simply flashing a smile at CBS News’ Mark Knoller.
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