ABC News' Sunlen Miller reports:
President Obama today again focuses on help for America’s small businesses.
As a follow up the small business announcement the president made last week, he invited small business owners, members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and members of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to the White House today.
In remarks set to be delivered in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building's South Court, the president will, “discuss his plan to help small businesses, including increasing access to capital and pushing for health reform that gives small businesses the ability to control health costs,” an administration official says.
Small Business Administrator Karen Mills and White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett held a meeting with small business owners Wednesday evening at the White House. The president will meet with small business owners for lunch next month.
In the afternoon, the president will meet with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore in the Oval Office, where they will briefly address the media.
The president will be in closed meetings for the rest of the afternoon. He meets with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in the Oval Office.
Afterwards, the first lady will join the president in the Oval Office while the president signs the Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act. The Act authorizes the U.S. Mint to make up to 500,000 $1 silver coins and 100,000 $5 gold coins that will include three Medal of Honor designs – for the Army, Navy and Air Force – in addition to a design for the Medal of Honor recipients. The Senate passed the bill last week by unanimous consent.
The president will also meet with representatives of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus on health insurance reform in the Roosevelt Room in the early evening.