POSTED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 7:07am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Early this morning President Obama touched down in Washington. He's back after three days in Europe...
Back to dealing with Congress, NSA Surveillance, Syria, and Afghanistan.
However, the White House would like to focus on the other hot button issue, immigration, but the administration is not sure they can.
President Obama returned from Germany early this morning... He'll need to shift gears quickly.
In a few hours he'll meet privately with Democrats on immigration.
"We are cautiously optimistic that we're going to be able to get on a time line that will make this happen this year," said Rep. Ruben Hinojosa, Texas.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates the plan on the table would cost $40 billion over the next 20 years...save almost a trillion, but only cut illegal immigration by 25%.
Republicans are expected to say - not good enough - at a press conference later today.
Also today, Secretary of State John Kerry will give a closed-door briefing on Syria. At issue, is the level of U.S. involvement with chemical weapons at stake.
"We have vital national interests, and the question is can we actually tip the scales," said Senator Robert Menendez, New Jersey.
The Senate Armed Services Committee gets a closed-door briefing today on the NSA's surveillance programs which are still getting a strong defense by Republicans.
"This program has saved lives, it has stopped terrorist attacks but some are taking advantage of it politically," said Senator Dan Coats, Indiana.
Then there's Afghanistan - now in charge of its own security, but, while in Germany, the President explained that they're not alone.
"These are the citizens who long to join the free world. They are who you were. They deserve our support," said President Barack Obama.