President Obama's outreach to members of Congress on both sides of the aisle comes as his approval ratings have begun to drop in public polls.
The latest is the McClatchy-Marist poll released Tuesday, which reports an approval rating of 45 percent for the president among registered voters. That's the lowest it's been in the poll since late 2011. His disapproval rating, meanwhile, has inched up to 48 percent, four points higher than it was in December.
His ratings have slipped among independents, with 37 percent approving and 55 percent disapproving. In December, 46 percent of independents approved of Obama's job performance while 44 percent disapproved.