Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Follow the Leaders

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."

--Sarah Lovenheim

By Washington Post editors  |  January 16, 2009; 4:44 PM ET
Categories:  Follow the Leaders  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Farewell, Says Salazar
Next: Sen. Kennedy Has Apparent Seizure

Comments


YOU "GOP" LEADERS HAD EIGHT YEARS TO COME UP WITH A ECONOMIC PLAN!!! BUT YOU SAT ON YOUR BUTTS AND LET YOUR BOY HAVE IT HIS WAY WITH BILLIONSOF DOLLORS GOING TO HIS WAR. COME UP WITH A PLAN TO RETRIEVE SOME OF THOSE BILLIONS BACK, WHICH WAS GIVEN TO YOUR BOY AND HIS VICE-BOY FRIENDS AND COMPANIES! THEN...YOU WILL HAVE YOUR ECOMINIC PLAN!!! YOU "GOP"(Good-Old-Pathological-liars)LEADERS.

Posted by: Chrisjj1948 | January 18, 2009 9:38 AM | Report abuse

Since at least Reagan, the Republican brand has taken great pride in letting us know that American jobs were a "gift" from big business and that for this "gift" to continue, American workers must recognize their duty to ante up their tax dollar and "sacrifice" their earnings to subsidize corporate profits. Now, big business comes abegging for bailouts for their misguided policies and failed business plans.
Until the Republican brand includes a recognition of the "facts on the ground", their plans for continuing this corporate hegemony will be facing extreme skepticism.

Posted by: stosp | January 19, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

www.need4trth.blogspot.com

Is Representative John Boehner (R) echoing the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney regime? In other words Boehner is asking the President Elect for, "more of the same" Corporations had the opportunity to take the money Bush saved them an invest in America and they chose to outsource their jobs to India and China. Now Boehner wants us to believe business will support our economy, if they keep their tax-cuts and tax breaks?

I'm trying to not be caught up in disgust at Repugnant Neo-con ideology. Barack is trying to end partisan politics in Washington. These guys seem like they want the same old fight over the same failed ideology. Sorry Boehner, but is that all you guys have? The same old ideas that fail?

Posted by: need4trth | January 19, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I hope with the new presidency that change will occur, whether it is domestic or foreign affairs. The Borgen Project (www.borgenproject.org) has some good info on the annual costs of addressing global poverty.

Eliminating global hunger: $19 billion
Providing education to every child: $12 billion
Providing access to water and sanitation: $15 billion
Reversing the spread of AIDS/Malaria: $23 billion
Government defense budget: $522 Billion per year

Posted by: cougar_gal06 | January 20, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company