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House GOP asks for jobs summit

By Ben Pershing
Is there room in this town for yet another televised bipartisan summit?

President Obama has already met publicly with House Republicans and Senate Democrats, and both parties are preparing to head to the White House Feb. 25 to talk about health care. Now the House's top two GOP leaders are challenging their Democratic counterparts to a similar session on another domestic priority -- jobs.

Citing those other high-profile discussions, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) penned a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Thursday, asking "that you follow this precedent and agree to participate in an open meeting focused on job creation and economic growth between leaders of both parties in the House."

No House Republicans voted for the $787 billion stimulus package signed into law exactly a year ago, nor did any in the GOP back the $154 billion jobs bill passed by the House in December. Republican leaders contend that they have ideas of their own but have been systematically shut out of the legislative process, while Democrats have countered that Republicans are more concerned with obstruction and scoring political points than genuine compromise.

"Though this bipartisan meeting is only a first step, we believe that it is possible to find areas of agreement from which the foundation for real job creation can begin," Boehner and Cantor wrote. "Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try. The time to try is now."

So far, there's no indication House Democrats are interested in a televised tête-à-tête.

Asked for reaction to the GOP proposal, Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said: "In her most recent meeting with Leader Boehner earlier this month, the Speaker raised the subject of jobs but did not receive a positive response. The Speaker welcomes the change in the Republican leadership and looks forward to a productive discussion on promoting jobs and economic recovery."

By Ben Pershing  |  February 17, 2010; 5:39 PM ET
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And answer me this: if the market is so good at responding to peoples needs, why is the infrastructure, upon which EVERY market depends, so horribly deteriorated?

Posted by: ceflynline | February 17, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I really want to see John Boehner try to go mano a mano with Obama in a jobs summit. Since Boehner has this mystical opposition to pork, (except when someone else slips stuff in the budget that benefits his district, and defines pork as money in the budget that benefits ANYONE AT ALL, how is he going to produce jobs?

Remember, John was all for letting GM and Chrysler go out of business because, well, the country would eventually get over the kob losses.

Boehner is to Obama as Gingritch was to Clinton. Newt thought he was talented enough to compete with a grand master at looking ten moves ahead. He was a wood pusher, and Clinton made him look foolish time after time. newt came to resent it, but never did learn when he was out matched.

Boehner and company looked stolid, flatfooted, and punch drunk during the RNC massacre, and will probably get a second lesson on taking on armored divisions with paint ball guns in the health care summit.

So by all means, let's have a jobs summit. BHO will do a job on John and Mitch that won't be forgotten in this century.

Posted by: ceflynline | February 17, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

The best thing Republicans in Congress could do to create jobs is to decline to run for re-election and let someone else have the job. The Republicans controlled Congress for nearly eight years, with a Republican in the White House, and led us to the worst economic downturn in 70 years. After destroying millions of jobs, now they propose a jobs summit? Give me a break.

Posted by: Bob22003 | February 17, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

If Republicans have been "locked out" of the legislative process it's only because they haven't brought anything to the table that wasn't tried in the Bush 43 administration, and all that we got for it was massive deficits leading to more massive debt, net loss of jobs, and fiscal strangulation of our ability to do anything to fix the problem. They should agree that EVERYTHING needs to be on the table, including raising some taxes and fees to pay off the debt they left us once the economy gets going again.

Posted by: lpryluck1 | February 17, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

At what point do we all realize we are going the wrong way; polluting ourselves to death and to certain extinction? More jobs, more cars, more energy needs, more separated families, more disease and infirmities, more deaths in our cities. One blogger the other day said over 1000 were killed in Las Angeles alone last year. We have a greater war within us, even without terrorists. We need to look at our relationship to life, family, money and God.
We could turn to a garden paradise lifestyle and quickly, easily, fairly and inexpensively solve the world problems. Who is holding us up; the President and his "Socialist" leaning administration, or the American people who are afraid of change and forget they will be enslaved till the end?
All things are ready to turn to a garden paradise lifestyle now; we have 6 million unemployed and huge numbers of military returning home in various stages of emotional need. This is our best security to help each other in rough times. We have multitudes who lost their investments; our prices are high because of our economic lifestyle and our people are stretched and stressed. There is nothing like a garden paradise lifestyle to calm the nerves and bring together the true riches of families together with one purpose, to love God, each other and their neighbors. We can have it when we call for it. It is the only reasonable and sustainable solution. When access to free food is gone, nothing else matters. This is part of what “being saved” is all about.

Posted by: MarieDevine | February 17, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Smart move. And it will be even smarter if they schedule it for Feb 25th.
It would be an interesting juxtaposition. And the ensuing gridlock would keep our taxpayer wallets safe for another day.

Posted by: mtpeaks | February 17, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

On one level this is a laudable event. The major political parties presenting their respective ideas on best approaches to stimulate the economy and create jobs. It should be a mix of political views and some empirical analysis.

At another level this is a laughable event.
Is this not what Congress does when it is in session? Is this not what goes on all the time on the house floor? Do we not have cspan, cnn and 24x7 coverage -- complete with pundits run wild?

AS the executive branch President Obama rightfully invited the two major parties to a televised meeting on health care in the hope of moving legislation through congress.

If Mr. Boehner and Mr. Cantor cannot see the distinction they should take some classes in civics and American history

Posted by: jagbo | February 17, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Job creation?

These clueless schmucks are kidding right?!

Golly gee Tennessee;

bet I could make 10 MILLION Jobs magically re-appear, while making twice as many welfare sucking related ties to said Job-Stealing invaders dissappear quickly!

I'd SIMPLY go out to EVERY Construction, Services, and similiar Jobsite;

ask to see EMPLOYEE ID's,

FINE the Criminal EMPLOYER thereof;

and VIOLA!

I must just be some sort of freaking Genius! ;~)

wethepeopleplan.org

Your welcome! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 17, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Realist, I hope the RNC dollar a word program you are involved in to post your "deep thoughts" can get you fresh glue to sniff.

And foolish? The GOP would have to work hard to overcome how stupid they looked during their last televised event. You know, the one Faux News cut off because of the embarassment?

Posted by: LABC | February 17, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Oh Boy - the House Democrats on TV trying to justify their leftist positions.....Pelosi LIVE answering questions - this is too good to be true. Of course the Dems HAVE to accept this invitation and the GOP will make them look very, very foolish.

Posted by: Realist20 | February 17, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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