President Obama defended his policies on the Keystone XL pipeline and the National Security Agency’s (NSA) surveillance programs at a “lively” meeting with Senate Democrats Wednesday morning.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who is facing a tough reelection in 2014, pressed Obama on approval for the Keystone XL pipeline.

“It was a lively debate,” said one senator who attended the meeting.

Obama sought to unify the caucus around his economic policies. His aides passed out a fact card highlighting the White House’s “A Better Bargain for the Middle Class.”

The fact card listed the president’s goals for job creation, education, home ownership, secure retirement and affordable healthcare.