Monday in politics: Obama takes gun violence campaign to Conn., and more

Phil Pruitt
The Ticket
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A push to require background checks on all gun sales is in negotiations.

President Barack Obama heads to Connecticut on Monday to continue his push for “common-sense measures to reduce gun violence.”

Obama will speak at the University of Hartford, and he’ll also meet with families affected by the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last December.

[Gun control fight in focus for President Obama]

The Senate could take up gun-control legislation this week, but it is unclear if Republicans will let it come to a vote. Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz have threatened to filibuster legislation that would “infringe on the American people's constitutional right to bear arms, or on their ability to exercise this right without being subjected to government surveillance."

Also worth noting on Monday: Secretary of State John Kerry continues a three-day visit to Israel and the West Bank aimed at restarting peace talks; Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew begins a two-day visit to Europe for discussions on economic developments in the region; and the Senate returns after its Easter recess.

Immigration also will be a top topic in Washington this week. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday he thinks the bipartisan Gang of Eight will have its immigration plan completed by the end of the week.

[Immigration plan will be ready this week, Sen. Chuck Schumer says]

The other big topic this week: Obama’s 2014 fiscal budget, which White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday will not make Republicans or Democrats entirely happy. Meanwhile, reporters are invited Monday to watch copies of the budget running on binding lines at the Government Printing Office, and they’ll get an early look at the mobile web app for the budget.

[Obama aide: Budget will make both parties unhappy]

And then there is this: Former President Bill Clinton makes his first appearance on “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 p.m. ET Monday.

Sources: Yahoo News’ The Ticket, ABC News, Associated Press and Reuters.