Obama eats BBQ in KC, will talk economy today

Jul 30, 2014

President Obama greets the crowd on the runway at Kansas City International Airport. The president is in town to give a speech on the economy and meet with Kansas Citians who have written him letters
President Obama greets the crowd on the runway at Kansas City International Airport. The president is in town to give a speech on the economy and meet with Kansas Citians who have written him letters
Credit Elle Moxley / KCUR

President Barack Obama plans to use his visit to Kansas City to prod Congress to close corporate tax loopholes and take other action before going on summer break this week instead of trying to sue him.

House Republicans are poised to vote to authorize a lawsuit against the president for overstepping his constitutional authority. The White House is calling it a "stunt" and says Obama plans to address it in a speech Wednesday at Kansas City's historic Uptown Theater.

The White House says he will argue that lawmakers instead should take actions like closing tax loopholes that encourage corporations to move operations overseas. Obama says the "tax inversions" are wrong even if they're legal.

Obama went out for barbecue last night at Arthur Bryant's with four Kansas City residents to highlight the struggles of working Americans.