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ESEA ‘Big 8' Meeting Take 2: Lawmakers to Meet With Obama

By Alyson Klein — March 10, 2011 1 min read

A couple of weeks ago, the Big 8 (the top lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate overseeing reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) went to the White House to meet with President Barack Obama.

But things didn’t quite go as planned, in part because the House lawmakers had to leave for votes, so Obama just chatted with the senators. Now they’re planning a do-over this afternoon.

As a reminder, the Big 8 are:

Sens. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.; and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; and Reps. John Kline, R-Minn.; George Miller, D-Calif.; Duncan Hunter, R-Calif.; and Dale Kildee, D-Mich.