WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama tells lawmakers at an annual congressional picnic that despite their differences they should keep in mind that they are first Americans working toward a better future for the country.
Lawmakers of both parties gathered Wednesday at the White House's South Lawn one day before two partisan conflicts came to a head -- a Supreme Court decision on Obama's signature health care law and a contempt of Congress vote in the House against Attorney General Eric Holder.
Under sunny skies, members of Congress, their spouses and children, mingled as a Marine Corp band played country and western tunes.
Holder was in the crowd, pausing to chat briefly with Republican congressman Peter King of New York.
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