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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President’s Meeting with the National Governors Association Executive Committee

This afternoon, the President and Vice President met with governors from the National Governors Association Executive Committee in the Roosevelt Room. The President discussed the importance of his administration serving as an active partner with states to move the ball forward on a number of issues, including strengthening our economy, increasing economic mobility and tackling the challenge of the long-term unemployed. The President has said that he will use his executive authority- both his pen and his phone- to act on behalf of the American people, and he pledged to work closely with governors of both parties on our agenda for 2014. 2014 is a year of action, and the President and the governors discussed steps we can take to create jobs, expand economic opportunity for the middle class and those striving to get there, and ensure children in all states have the education and skills they need to compete successfully in a global economy.  Specifically, the President committed to working with governors on strategic investments in transportation and infrastructure to grow the economy, and to build on the important work that is underway in many states on expanding access to early education. 

The following governors were in attendance:

  • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
  • Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe
  • Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton
  • Utah Gov. Gary Herbert
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker