“There is very little impact, nominal impact, on U.S. gas prices, what the average American consumer cares about,” Obama said.
Obama’s speech will be his first to the new Republican Congress since a scathing midterm election that saw his party ousted from power in the Senate.
The briefing will likely include the newly announced policy change with Cuba, attacks on Sony, executive actions on immigration, tensions with Russia, and the upcoming change in leadership in Congress.
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The panel says a the new fence should be four or five feet taller.
“Neither the American nor Cuban people are well-served by a rigid policy that’s rooted in the events that took place before most of us were born,” Obama said.
Gross had been in prison for 5 years on espionage charges, and his release is reportedly the foundation for an improvement in relationships with Cuba.
The legislation passed through the upper chamber Saturday night after previously squeaking by in the House.
“By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity,” Obama said.