February 9th, 2010
09:09 AM ET
4 years ago

Bipartisan meeting at the White House

President Barack Obama holds a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday morning. Jobs, the economy, and health care are expected to be on the agenda.
President Barack Obama holds a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday morning. Jobs, the economy, and health care are expected to be on the agenda.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama holds a bipartisan meeting at the White House Tuesday morning. Jobs, the economy, and health care are expected to be on the agenda.

CNN's Ed Henry reports that the same group of leaders who will attend the February 25 bipartisan health care meeting are teaming up at the White House for this meeting and that it will be a prelude to set the table for the health care talks later this month.

Expected to attend the meeting are Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader John Boehner and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

Tuesday's meeting is the first of what the president called for in his State of the Union address last month.

"I would like to begin monthly meetings with both the Democratic and Republican leadership. I know you can't wait," said the president in his January 27 prime time address.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Tom in FL

    It'll be fun now to watch the Republicans oppose the very jobs bill that they've been hollaring so much for. In eight years of Republican rule, they failed to produce any jobs growth, and now they're going to prevent Democrats from doing it.

    February 9, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. Clint

    Great idea, Mr. President. Make them show their cards and get beyond ideological rhetoric and political sandbagging. Keep calling them out.

    February 9, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Not exactly the way I heard it.

    Bipartisan means they should be working together.

    This is a gathering where pressure to start something bipartisan, is being brought. Yet, the administration has yet to offer a genuine hand across the aisle, to hear the views and ideas of the GOP.

    February 9, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. ran

    Make everything,short of exposing our National Security, open to the public. Then we all can see who is really to blame for our not getting things done: Lieberman/Nelson/Blue dogs and the whole Republican party.

    No more using fear/hate/obstructionism/purist ideology to block progress in order to win elections.

    February 9, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  5. u2canfail

    Broken Washington, watch out. This will show us who is working for us, and who has too much lobby money. It will be fun. I see both parties looking bad in this one. Debate and compromise is a win for people. Stick to the Party line (no matter which) is a loss.

    February 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  6. Independent

    It is great to see both sides working together on these important issues for America.

    February 9, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. D.U.T.C.H.

    Mr. President, the republicans want a year of negotiations to be scrapped and for the entire debate to start over. Do not do it. Pass the House bill under reconciliation. Republicans are not interested in providing healthcare to all or they would have at least "attempted" to pass it when they had a majority.

    February 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Gary's Opinion

    Awesome Idea! What we need is serious medical malpractice reform. We also need to be allowed to import medications from Canada. Insurance companies should be allowed to compete across state lines. Finally, public assistance for healthcare should require work. People must work in either a paying job or volunteer position to qualify for any medical assistance.

    What we don't need are more taxes. We don't need to take money from hard working people to give free healthcare to lazy people. We don't need a government panel or government option or more government involved in our healthcare. We shouldn't tax health insurance. Probably it is unconstitutional to require people to care health insurance also.

    I can't wait to see the debates on tv!!!!

    February 9, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. What the ...

    "...experts say the debate is an opportunity to see if calls for bipartisanship will be answered."

    What experts? Expert liars?

    A scam by another name is still a scam. Just because you call the scam "a jobs bill" doesn't mean it is not just another opportunity to funnel tax dollars to a few privileged insiders - again.

    February 9, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. LIP

    Kind of reminds me of the days back when Washington would invite the Indians to sign treaties and then immediately forget about them (the Indians and the treaties). Are the Republicans "todays Indians" and should they fall for the old line, "we want to extend the hand of friendship" ?

    February 9, 2010 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Bill is dead

    Pres. Obama is expected to deliver the eulogy.

    February 9, 2010 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  12. Mike

    I hope the Republicans are careful because this is a trap by nobama to play to the friendly lame brained media. The Republicans have not been stopping nobamas plans, he cannot get his demorats on board his soon to be derailed train.

    February 9, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  13. andy

    Yea, the choosen one won't be able to bribe the republicans with backroom deals.

    February 9, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. jules sand-perkins

    Does the President want the bipartisan meetings to discuss goals with Republicans and Democrats, or does he want to pressure Repubicans into working toward goals that he and some Democrats have already selected without bipartisan consultation?

    February 9, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. j

    Good luck with that. I expect the racist, obstructionist Conservatives to give lip service but no real attempt at bipartisanship.

    February 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Casy

    I like the fact that the GOP has a long list of requirements to be met PRIOR to agreeing to participate in the Obama show. Obama care is not popular with majority of Americans and their list of demands will definitely be supported by those of us who are against Obama Care and quite frankly are against the GOP participating in the Obama love fest.

    They thru the ball back in Obama's court..........I LOVE IT!!!

    February 9, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Liz

    The republican'ts are already attempting to sabotage this meeting by demanding outrageous preconditions. I hope the American people pay close attention to this deal and finally understand who wants to save 40,000 of them from dying every year and who doesn't. Democrats are for the little guy and republican'ts are for the insurance companies. It's that simple, people!

    February 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. kim

    It's a shame that he did not do this from the beginning, he had to be forced into it when they lost their 60 votes, basically they were planning on ramming all this stuff through without bipartisanship. Thanks to the people of Massachusetts for forcing some form of bipartisanship, it's good for the country.

    February 9, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Joe in CT - not Lieberman!!!

    How's this for an idea. The President tells these fine Republican leaders that unless they stop opposing his agenda, he will Veto any bill that comes across his desk with any earmarks inserted by any Republican who voted against the measure! They cannot oppose any legislation they know will pass and expect to coattail their pet projects on it. Yes the veto will disrupt the normal flow of getting things done, but if a bill barely passes before and the Republicans want their pet projects, you can bet they will jump on board.

    February 9, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. S. Gold

    I am constantly amazed when I hear the conservatives refer to something that exists as if it doesn't. This lady that went toe- to- toe with Ron Reagan looked normal – was dressed nicely – and spoke english. And yet she tried to make a case for Sarah Palin, who, as every clear-minded adult knows, is out to lunch.Her arguments were less than thoughtful – and made absolutely no sense. Only in America!

    February 9, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. ronald e miller

    I'll believe it when i see it,why does the President keep fooling with the repubs,they are not coming on board what he should do is tell those knuckle heads that the democrats are going to 51 votes like bush had i'll bet they will change their tune.The repugs did it for 8 years and you see where it got us.The president needs to grow some balls.

    February 9, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. twitwits are the new nitwits

    Mitch looks like hes ready for the turtlebox.

    February 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Angie in PA

    President Obama I applaud you for doing these bipartisan meeting but we all know what the Republicans will do. You will agree to some of their things and then because you agree they will turn around and vote against what they purposed. because they want to destroy you they want you to go against them to make you look like your not working with them.

    REPUBLICANS CARE MORE ABOUT POLITICTS AND THEIR PARTY THEN THEY DO THIS COUNTRY!

    February 9, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  24. Annie, Atlanta

    Republicans aren't going to play nice. They hope to "win" by doing nothing. And we pay them! They control the messaging, even to the point where they convinced some that the President's plan was to kill the elderly. How do you get people to stop voting against their own best interests when fear, which is all the GOP has now, works every time? Think about it. Liberals are going to kill grandma? Liberals want terrorists to win? Do you really believe this? I'm a liberal. I love my country, and want nothing of the sort for us, not now, not ever.

    We're heading for trouble if we put the people in charge of bringing our country to it's knees back in power again so soon. We'll just be giving them the opportunity to finish us off, which they weren't quite able to achieve last time. They left a few bones to pick over, apparently.

    When a politician says no to every piece of legislation, including funding troops in 2 wars and giving women the right to a civil trial if raped while on the job, who do you think they're thinking about? When they want to control what you do in the bedroom or with your body, who are they thinking of? Here's a clue, it's not you and it's not this great country of ours. It's them, and it's all about power and $$$. And this applies to both sides of the aisle.

    February 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  25. JLM

    Now that we have a bipartisan meeting on healthcare, the world can see that the Republicans don't have a decent plan or a clue, they only have no, and stall tactics.

    February 9, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
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