- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 18, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Obama is preparing to travel outside Washington in the coming weeks to sell his proposal for financial regulatory reform to the country.

White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage announced the trip Sunday as Mr. Obama steps up his lobbying efforts in support of new rules for Wall Street. A showdown with Republicans on legislation in the Senate is expected later this month.

Details on the timing and location of Mr. Obama’s trip were not available.

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Mr. Obama has been casting the issue as a choice for lawmakers between siding with American people and what he calls special interests. Getting the public on his side could help pressure Republicans, who are lining up against the bill. They say it creates more problems than it solves.

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