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Obama plans pre-holiday press conference

President Barack Obama plans to make year-end remarks and take questions from reporters as Congress wraps up a busy post-election session.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The White House has scheduled a year-end news conference by President Barack Obama in the wake of the Senate's vote on whether to ratify a nuclear arms treaty.

A White House statement said Obama would make remarks and take questions at 4:15 p.m. EST Wednesday.

The news conference comes at the end of a busy postelection period that ended with a flurry and a flourish for the president.

On Wednesday, Obama signed landmark legislation ending the ban on openly gay members of the military. Later in the day, the Senate began voting on whether to ratify an arms treaty with Russia that Obama had made a top foreign policy priority.

That was atop a giant tax compromise that Obama negotiated with Republicans and signed into law last week.