Tuesday, January 27, 2009

President Obama Meets With GOP Leaders On Capitol Hill To Discuss Stimulus Pork

Tuesday: President Obama and Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood are escorted by House Sergeant of Arms Bill Livingood to a meeting with GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill (AP Photo).

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Congress on Tuesday to try to persuade reluctant Republicans to support a $825 billion package he says is essential to resuscitate a plunging economy.

  • White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Obama's meetings with House of Representatives and Senate Republicans would be less a negotiating session than a chance to gather input.

  • "He wants to hear their ideas. If there are good ideas, and I think he assumes there will be, that we will look at those ideas," Gibbs told reporters.

Stay tuned. We all saw how the last "bipartisan" meeting turned out.

"I won, I will trump you on that," the President told Republicans on Friday.

Fox News has more on Republican skepticism.

  • Given the gravity of the economic situation, the stimulus measure is widely expected to pass Congress with bipartisan support. Still, Republicans insist they need changes before they can support it, and they aren't getting the sense of cooperation from Democrats.

  • "We have yet to see one Republican proposal included in this plan," said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.

  • "Calls of bipartisanship is hollow with House Democrats," said House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana.

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