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As Congress returns to Washington, Obama turns attention to nation's governors


WASHINGTON — As congressional lawmakers return to Washington, President Barack Obama is focusing his attention on the nation's governors.

Obama is meeting Tuesday with members of the National Governors Association executive committee. The president says governors don't have the luxury to operate "based on ideology" because their constituents expect them to get things done.

The four governors meeting with Obama are Democrats John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Mark Dayton of Minnesota and Republicans Gary Herbert of Utah and Pat McCrory of North Carolina.

The president plans to meet with congressional leaders at the White House next week. He wished Republican leaders well and says he looks forward to hopefully having a productive 2015.

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