Jan. 14 - President Obama holds his first cabinet meeting of the year, and says he will not wait for legislation to advance his 2014 priorities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he would not wait for Congress to pass legislation to advance his policy priorities this year. "I've got a pen and I've got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders, and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward," Obama said. Obama, speaking to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House, listed goals for 2014 including immigration reform and getting the economy to improve faster. He also said he was "getting close" to finishing a review of U.S. surveillance practices to be unveiled on Friday.