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President Obama, who has had his share of troubles with Congress, spends time Monday with another influential group of lawmakers: The nation's governors.

Obama speaks late in the morning with members of the National Governors Association, saying he wants to work with them on a variety of economic challenges.

"When we've got a Congress that sometimes seems to have a difficult time acting, I want to make sure that I have the opportunity to partner with each of you in any way that I can to help more Americans work and study and strive," Obama said during a Sunday night dinner with the governors.

Of course, some of the Republican governors may balk at some of Obama's proposals.

"Instead of new regulations -- new spending -- that haven't worked, I would argue he should use his newfound executive power to actually promote jobs," said Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., to the Associated Press.

In addition to speaking to the full membership of the National Governors Association, Obama also has a separate meeting Monday with governors of western states.

The major topic: A new plan to pay for fighting wildfires.



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