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Obama’s Meeting With House Republicans Constructive -Video

January 27, 2009

Obama says he doesn’t expect 100% agreement, but he’s hoping politics can be set aside.

Republican response:

CQ Politics: House Republicans said that Obama defended the existing stimulus package but assured them there were would be room to incorporate some changes during negotiations between the House and Senate over a final version.

Several members said they still plan to vote against the House bill Wednesday but would take another look when a final version comes back to the House.

�Sometimes you have to vote no the first time around,� Rep. Jack Kingston , R-Ga., said. �The real test will be what happens a week from now.�

�The most encouraging statement the president made was that he had no pride of authorship� over the House bill, said Minority Whip Eric Cantor , R-Va. �I took that to mean that tomorrow�s vote is a first step.�

Rep. Henry E. Brown Jr. , R-S.C., described the meeting as having �a relaxed atmosphere. Everybody was jovial.� He added that from Obama�s remarks �it was pretty evident that he had a good handle on the content of the bill.�

Rep. Peter T. King , R-N.Y., said Obama drew laughter and cheers from the lawmakers when he agreed to extend the question and answer period from 25 minutes to 30 minutes, even though it would make him late to meet GOP senators.

King said Obama told them �The Senate can wait. You see I can pander with the best of you.�

House GOP Conference Chairman Mike Pence of Indiana said prior to the meeting that Democrats had drafted a purely partisan bill. He said Republican leaders would undertake a public campaign against it. �The American people need to know that President Obama�s call for compromise has been completely ignored.�

Obama open to more tax breaks for small businesses:

While Obama didn�t promise major changes to the package, GOP members said he showed flexibility on some issues.

�The president did say he has some concerns over the spending proposals he sees in this bill,� Boehner said.

Participants said Obama took about 10 questions. Peter J. Roskam, R-Ill., had one of the more charged exchanges with Obama, after complaining that House Democratic leaders had shut out GOP amendments and seemed to be taking a much less compromising approach than the negotiated bipartisan approach suggested by Obama.

�He said he would be open to hear about tax breaks for small business. I might get back to him,� Roskam said. Read more at CQ

What else did Obama say?

US NEWS: “Obama is speaking now. He is talking about how bad the economy is and that it is deteriorating rapidly.”

– “Mentioned Caterpillar and Microsoft having to layoff workers.”

– “The president said that the stimulus is ‘just one leg in multi leg stool to get economy going.’

– “He wants to deal with the housing market more aggressively.”

– “This is just the first step.”

– “Obama said the he would ‘like not to have to spend the stimulus money.'”

– “He also said that he has ‘no interest in increasing government just to increase the size of government.'”

– On taxes, “Obama says tax relief for some working families must come from payroll so even families who don’t pay income taxes get relief and they will spend it.”

– On GOP complaints, “he said that ‘there will be time to beat him up and a time for politics. He said I understand that and I will watch you on Fox News and feel bad about myself.'”

– “Obama said if we can do more small business tax relief, ‘we should do it, but I am just as concerned about the long term impact of tax cuts as I am about spending.'”

– “He also issued concern about the debt. ‘I will be judged by the legacy I have left behind. I don’t want to leave our children with a legacy of debt. I am inheriting an annual yearly debt of over $1 trillion.'”

Apparently, what Obama did today was rare:

PI: Obama’s trip to Capitol Hill was rare for a sitting president, especially given his decision to meet only with the opposition. He met with Democratic lawmakers earlier this month.
In his comments, Obama said he is “absolutely confident” that the country can find ways to solve the country’s economic woes. But he said “the key right now is to make sure that we keep politics to a minimum.”


President Obama: We need to "put aside political differences"

January 27, 2009

By GottaLaff

President Obama just gave a statement, saying he had a productive meeting with the GOP, that he wants to “put aside political differences and get to work”, and that mayhaps the righties weren’t aware of all of the details of his recovery plan.

Here’s how Republicans “put aside political differences”:

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UPDATE: And this…

Boehner to GOP: Vote against stimulus

And this:

The bottom line: a coordinated effort to embarrass a president who looked largely unassailable just weeks ago.

Will Republicans back Obama stimulus plan?

January 26, 2009

House Republican leader John Boehner said today that there is little GOP support for President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan.

Boehner said the current package has too much wasteful and “slow-moving” spending that will not be effective in creating jobs.

“I think a lot of Republicans will vote no, because they see this as a lot of wasteful Washington spending, padding the bureaucracy and doing nothing to help create jobs and preserve jobs,” Boehner said on NBC Sunday.

Obama’s economic team though continued to warn that delayed action could have serious consequences including double digit unemployment.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York was optimistic that Republicans would eventually support the Obama package. “I think you’re going to find a large number of Republicans voting for this package. There has been a lot of input,” Schumer said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Washington Post

Will Obama’s economic plan stimulate bipartisan support?
CNN – 2 hours ago
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Barack Obama, who arguably won a large chunk of political capital in the 2008 election, is now looking to cash in as he urges Congress to pass a massive economic stimulus package.
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Biden, Summers Sound Economic Warnings, Push Stimulus Bloomberg

Obama’s First Weekend in the White House a Working Weekend

January 24, 2009

Update: Read details on the meeting here.

Obama held meetings with congress on his first weekend at the White House. See Obama’s weekly address on the stimulus package here. Read all 632 pages of the Obama administration stimulus package here.

Yesterday’s meeting with congressional leaders:

The republicans response after yesterday’s meeting:

Republicans Pitch Their Own Stimulus Ideas to Obama

January 23, 2009

Some of their ideas:

Politico: Instead of a tax credit for individuals making $75,000 or less or families making less than $150,000, Republicans would like to reduce the tax rate by 5 percent on those Americans in the lowest tax brackets, from 15 percent to 10 percent and 10 percent to 5 percent.

House Republican Leader John A. Boehner and his no. 2, party Whip Eric Cantor, pitched the plan to Obama during the Friday morning meeting. Boehner tapped Cantor to come up with ideas, and this plan is the result of that work.

Boehner, in remarks on the White House driveway, warned that �government can�t solve this problem.�


Republicans in the House would also like assurances in the bill that Congress will not raise taxes to pay down the $550 billion in federal spending laid out in the Democrats’ bill.

In order to stabilize the housing market, Republicans would also like to grant a $7,500 tax credit to homebuyers who put down 5 percent on the purchase price of their home.

Even though they had the president�s ear for an hour, it�s not clear if any of the GOP ideas will actually make it into the stimulus bill.

Obama expects the bill by President’s Day, Feb. 16. Here he is meeting with congressional leaders this morning: