Monday in politics: Obama meets with governors on sequester, and more

Phil Pruitt

The House and Senate are back in session on Monday, and the governors are still in Washington for the National Governors Association winter meeting and the top topic for the day – and this week – is the sequester.

The sequester is the $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to kick in Friday if Congress and the White House cannot reach a deal.

[Governors coming to terms with sequester, but demand flexibility]

President Barack Obama will meet with the governors at the White House on Monday. The president did not mention the sequester during a White House dinner with most of the governors Sunday night, but he did say “we've got more work to do."

[House Republicans hit back on sequestration]

Secretary of State John Kerry meets Monday with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron as he continues his first overseas trip as the United States’ top diplomat. His 11-day tour also will include stops in Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. His meetings are expected to be dominated by Syria, Mali and Afghanistan. Kerry will return to Washington on March 6.

And then there is this: The Senate’s Monday agenda includes the annual reading of President George Washington's 1796 Farewell Address.

And this: The Senate also is expected to a vote later this week on Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel.

Sources: Yahoo News’ The Ticket, Yahoo News reporter Chris Moody, Associated Press and Reuters.