Treasury Secretary Lew meets with Boehner, Pelosi

By Josh Lederman

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 12 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee to defend President Barack Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2014.

J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press

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WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is meeting separately on Friday with House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

That's according to three sources briefed on the meetings, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the issued.

While on Capitol Hill, Lew is expected to update the House leaders on the state of the economy, both in the U.S. and abroad. Lew is home from a tour of Europe, where he encouraged officials to promote more growth-friendly policies rather than focusing on austerity measures.

The meetings come after Lew told House and Senate committees the Obama administration is optimistic about a budget deal. He urged lawmakers to consider concessions that President Barack Obama made in the budget he unveiled Wednesday.

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