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GOP Leadership: Dear Obama...
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) sent a letter to President-elect Barack Obama last night summing up an economic plan to restore fiscal stability drafted by the House Republican Working Group.
The letter to Obama came just hours after the committee presented its findings before former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romneyand former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. In pushing a plan, Boehner said his bottom line was that any supported legislation "help our economy by letting families and small businesses keep more of what they earn." In the letter, the group maintained that "jobs and prosperity are created not by the government, but by entrepreneurs and small businesses," and that told Obama it looks forward "to sharing a detailed set or responsible priorities" with the president-elect.
Reid, McConnell: Meet Livni
Senate Majority Leader Reid and Senate Minority Leader McConnell met with Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni this afternoon to discuss the state of our nation's alliance with Israel. The event was closed to the press but Livni later delivered remarks at the National Press Club. She said nothing of her meeting with the congressional leaders but a transcript of her on-the-record discussion showed she maintained a hawkish stance on the nation's role in supporting Israel's invasion of Gaza. Here's an excerpt:
"There is a better understanding now by the international community that we cannot afford rearmament of Hamas in the future. The recent understanding that the right of Israel to self-defense includes not only the moment in which Israel is being targeted but also when there is a continuous flow of weapon coming to Gaza Strip, and now there is the beginning of translation of this understanding into action. The United States of America is going to lead this..."
Pelosi: Let's Pay Tribute
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) circulated a statement today in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is Monday. In it, she linked the historic significance of Obama on his way to become the first black president: "Just as Barack Obama's historic inauguration makes this Martin Luther King Day more poignant, our commitment to fulfilling Dr. King's dream must become more powerful."
As Obama stands on the inaugural platform by the Capitol on Tuesday, Pelosi continued, he "will look across the expanse of the National Mall to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where one of America's most courageous and compassionate prophets of peace -- Reverend Martin Luther King -- called upon our nation to fulfill the promise of its founding dream for all of our people."
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