Jan. 14 - President Obama holds his first cabinet meeting of the year, and says he will not wait for legislation to advance his 2014 priorities. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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President Barack Obama said on Tuesday he would not wait for Congress to pass legislation to advance his policy priorities this year.
"I've got a pen and I've got a phone, and I can use that pen to sign executive orders, and take executive actions and administrative actions that move the ball forward," Obama said.
Obama, speaking to reporters during a cabinet meeting at the White House, listed goals for 2014 including immigration reform and getting the economy to improve faster.
He also said he was "getting close" to finishing a review of U.S. surveillance practices to be unveiled on Friday.