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Posted at 4:26 PM ET, 01/27/2011

Gray meets with Boehner

By Nikita R Stewart

Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) had an introductory meeting with House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday, days after the Ohio Republican proposed legislation to revive a school voucher program in the city.

The voucher program, which provides up to $7,500 annually for students to attend private and religious schools, was phased out with a push by the previous Democratic-controlled Congress.

Earlier this week, Gray, who has opposed school vouchers as congressional meddling in local government, said he was disappointed with the new legislation.

Gray's public schedule was released Thursday afternoon, revealing that he met with Boehner. The meeting was closed to the media.

By Nikita R Stewart  | January 27, 2011; 4:26 PM ET
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I am glad to see that Mayor Gray met with
Speaker Boehner. That is an important step in developing relations with this Congress.

I hope he expressed his dissappointment directly to the Speaker about the voucher bill.

He could have quoted from the Log Cabin Republican's (LCR) Press release in response to Congressman Jordan's bill trying to roll back marriage-equality in the District.

LCR's Executive Director, R. Clark Cooper said, “This Congress has important work to do without meddling in local affairs. Such an overreach sends a mixed message from the Republican Party actively trying to shrink the role of government in Americans’ daily lives.”

Posted by: peterdc | January 28, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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