Obama to Meet with Congressional Leaders Monday
By Michael D. Shear
President-elect Barack Obama will meet with the bipartisan leadership of Congress on Monday in an effort to help pave the way for passage of a massive economic recovery act soon after he is inaugurated.
With just two weeks until he takes office, Obama will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and their Republican counterparts -- House Republican leader John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell -- as Congress begins to debate a stimulus plan that could cost close to $800 billion.
Obama enjoys healthy Democratic majorities in both the House and the Senate, but has work to do if he wants the economic stimulus plan to be seen as a bipartisan effort that could receive many Republican votes as well.
In a statement to be issued today, Boehner said the legislation is being drafted "with little debate or public scrutiny" and called on Obama and Democratic leaders to work with the GOP on drafting the plan.
"Let's be clear: it is essential that this legislation be debated in a fair, open, and honest way," Boehner said. "Congress should have public hearings in the appropriate committees, the text of the measure should be made available online for the American people to review for at least one week, and it should be free from special-interest
earmarks.This is the taxpayers' money, and they deserve to know their hard-earned tax dollars aren't being wasted."
McConnell, too, has been critical of the size and efficacy of the emerging Obama stimulus plan. He said last week that his members needed more information before they can back the plan.
"As of right now, Americans are left with more questions than answers about this unprecedented government spending, and I believe the taxpayers deserve to know a lot more about where it will be spent before we consider passing it," McConnell said in a statement last week.
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January 2, 2009; 3:23 PM ET
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