Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Boehner and McConnell on where the GOP and Dems can work together

President Obama hosts Congressional leaders at the White House this morning. Two of them, Speaker of the House-designate John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), share their thoughts in the Washington Post:

While Americans have been asking "where are the jobs?" for more than two years, our friends across the aisle have clung for too long to the liberal wish list, including a job-killing health-care law, a "cap-and-trade" national energy tax and an out-of-control spending spree. The November elections represented a wholesale rejection of these policies.

Now we have a real chance to move away from the misplaced priorities of the past two years and work together on common-sense proposals that will build a foundation for the economic rebound we all want.

Despite the president's comments about focusing on job creation, Democrats in Congress are working feverishly to move legislation on everything except stopping the tax hikes and lowering spending. Their focus for the brief post-election "lame duck" session is on controversial items such as immigration, a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," more spending and environmental regulations. Indeed, their actual legislative plan for the rest of the lame-duck session is to focus on anything but jobs.

Time is running out. This Friday, funding for the government runs out. And at the end of December, every single taxpayer will get hit with one of the largest tax hikes in American history - unless we put aside the controversial items and work together on the things we know Americans want and our struggling economy needs.
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