Obama to Travel to Texas to Raise Profile on Initiatives

President Barack Obama will make the first of a series of tours of U.S. towns and cities designed to pressure Congress to move forward on second-term priorities including the expansion of early childhood education and infrastructure spending.

Obama will travel to Austin, Texas, on May 9 to visit high school students and technology entrepreneurs as he seeks to refocus on the initiatives laid out in his February State of the Union address.

The events will resemble previous White House efforts “that directly engage the American people and effectively pushed Congress to act,” Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said today in a statement.

Almost five months into his second term, Obama has been bolstered by positive economic news that has sent the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs. Still, his push to enact laws to expand background checks on gun purchasers was defeated in Congress and lawmakers remain in the early stages of changes in U.S. immigration laws.

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