February 17th, 2010
05:14 PM ET
4 years ago

House GOP pushes for televised jobs summit with Pelosi, Democrats

Rep. John Boehner and other GOP leaders sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for a televised meeting.
Rep. John Boehner and other GOP leaders sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking for a televised meeting.

Washington (CNN) – Top congressional Republicans called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Wednesday to hold a televised meeting with members of both parties aimed at crafting a bipartisan job growth bill.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, sent a letter to Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, arguing that current efforts to stimulate the economy haven't worked.

Mounting job losses demand that both sides work together on new approaches, they said.

The two leaders have complained that the $154 billion jobs bill passed by the House at the end of last year was drafted without GOP input.

It is "widely believed to be dead-on-arrival in the Senate," they wrote.

"Though we had different philosophical approaches, it is unfortunate that there was neither a public discussion nor an opportunity for the American people - especially small business owners - to become more engaged in the discussion. Had there been such a discussion perhaps Congress would have produced a bill that more directly addressed our nation's economic problems," the letter states.

CNN sought reaction to the GOP proposal from Pelosi and Hoyer, but did not receive any response.

President Barack Obama appeared last month in a rare televised forum at the House Republican retreat. The meeting, which was carried live on cable networks, showed the president and Republicans engaged in a sometimes heated, but substantive discussion on a range of issues including health care, the deficit, and jobs.

Obama has since invited a group of bipartisan leaders from the House and Senate to participate in a similar open meeting later this month on health care reform.

Boehner and Cantor noted that Senate Democrats also held an open meeting with Obama and let television cameras in. Tweaking Pelosi and other Democratic leaders for not showing the same transparency and having a similar forum, they asked her to "follow this precedent and agree to participate in an open meeting focused on job creation and economic growth between leaders of both parties in the House."

House GOP aides point to a series of recent public opinion polls showing the public most concerned about the economy. They believe that while congressional Democrats continue to wrangle over health care legislation, there's an opening for Republicans to gain an advantage on the issue of job creation.

"We don't feel that Democrats have a good message when it comes to creating a new environment for economic growth and job creation, and we are confident that Republicans do," Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring told CNN.

Obama and top congressional Democrats spent much of the day Wednesday marking the one-year anniversary of administration's $826 billion economic stimulus bill. Democrats claim the unemployment rate and overall economy would be significantly worse without the influx of federal funds.


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soundoff (106 Responses)
  1. EC

    WAIT a minute didn't the President already offer a jobs summit and ORANGE MAN Boehner bulked as did his colleagues in front of the cameras?

    WHAT is wrong with these fools? I mean, ONE minute its this, the next its THAT. I wished they'd just get their heads out of their butts and DECIDE on which side of the issues they stand on.

    February 17, 2010 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. JCSNYC

    Follow the leader? As in Obama calls health care summit? GOP calls job summit?

    Hmmmm GOP sensing economic rebound trying to show face before it happenes?

    Technology jobs are starting to pick up nicely. Checking Dice and my contacts + job board emails its exciting to see.

    Good work OB. Next up Bin Laden

    February 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  3. Liberalism is a Mental Disorder

    SURE – The Dems will allow it to be broadcast on CSPAN just like they did the HC Debate!!!

    February 17, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. ib

    This should happen and then everyone can see how King Obama and Queen Pelosi operates.

    February 17, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Walter

    Mr Boehmer-The TAN ONE- is a dangerous man who will NOT help our President in any way on any issue. He and Cantor and Mitchie boy should be kicked out of office.
    JOHN: seriously-Go to a Tanning Bed for a few more hours. YOU are harming the USA.

    February 17, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    This is an excellent chance for the Democratic leadership to show that they indeed can work in a bipartisan effort to help solve the most important issue facing so many Americans right now. It is obvious to everyone that what has been done so far has been ineffective. Let's see some leadership to work on this unacceptable high unemployment rate before it reaches 15% everywhere.

    February 17, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  7. Jane (Minnesota)

    Is that to say "NO" out in public where all of America can actually see the obstruction or to actually try develop the solution that is actually best for america and not your party? How did that job creation go when the GOP was in Charge? As I recall pretty awful!

    February 17, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. El Gordo

    Conservatives negotiate like North Korea. What you want is negotiable, and we'll talk about it later. What we want is a demand, and there is no negotiating.

    February 17, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. Bob (Illinois)

    The Republicans have short memories! This is nothing but blatant, political posturing.

    Job hiring lags recovery from a recession by MANY months. Look it up!

    February 17, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  10. RTB

    Oh brother!

    That's it Boner, change the subject.

    Lets avoid the attention on Health care reform and focus on . . whatever.

    February 17, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Democrat Party=chronic wasteful spending

    Keep good notes,the party of NO is know to get political amnesia.The party of NO the DEMS NO jobs NO plans NO ideas NO accountability NO change just a party of NOTHING.

    February 17, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. Robert

    More political games from the party of no... The 2 parties have already worked together on this bill. I don't feel the need to watch them hash it out. Just get it done and passed...

    February 17, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  13. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Oh puh-lease!

    The first 6 years of the Cheney/Bush fiasco saw the most partisan time in Congress in recent memory. Where was this disingenuous blather then?

    The Party of No is simply looking to grandstand and obstruct for political gain.

    Enough already!

    Democrats it's time to govern!

    RECONCILIATION!

    Yes we can!

    February 17, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Andy

    Democrats are spins and lies,spins and lies,spins and lies-one of these days they will read the telepromter wrong and tell the truth by accident

    February 17, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  15. Sadie

    Just more of the same old CRAP from the Republicans..........they will never work with this President and I don't think the Democrats should even try anymore......the Republicans are under the delusional idea that they are going to gain ground in November and in 2012........news for you the people that voted Obama will still vote for him again and they will show the GOP that their unwillingness to work for this country for the American people and with this President will keep them out of the majority in Congress and out of the White House.........they have to many flaky right wing groups sprouting up that want to take us back to the days of Bush/Cheney and that won't happen......

    February 17, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. Jane/Seattle

    Now what Trix do they have up their playbook sleeves? Whenever trouble gets to brewing we can always count on the Bonehead, the Graham, the Newt, the Palin, the McConnell, getting tired here, the Cheney, Becks, O'Really's, Limbaugh's to come out and twist facts and Ideology into an unrecognizable Mish Mash to fool the Ignore-Ants! Oh, forgot the rest of the crew: The Mitt, Shuckabee. No wonder things are a mess with a cast like this!

    What the Democrats are thinking is a mystery to most of us or is it deliberate to gain some measure of "Plausible Deniability" later after this cooperative, fake DRAMA finishes off the U.S.A. Sure hope I'm wrong, but the oobvious facts say some of us know what these are doing. Just read this book: "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein. She has the goods on this crew – All!

    February 17, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  17. Jake

    I would telecast a meeting also,if this does not go the way of the Democrats,they will spin this into what they wanted it to be.If on film at least the Republicans have a copy.

    February 17, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. Ethan

    Mr. John Boehner,111,of your Gop buddies feel the need to take credit for a job well done by someone else!,i'm sure if you continue on the path which you've chosen like your other fence riding drinking pals,i would almost count you as a shoe-in for #112. This is what's meant by the quote (The end of times)not the end of the world,but the end of the crooks and swindles that continue to take from others,learn from your heart not for what you stand to gain,thats way this system will never work in our.

    February 17, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  19. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Poor little Johnny,his mamma made a terrible mistake when raising this liar.She should have washed his mouth out with soap.She must be so ashamed,but she must love the money he gives her not to tell his true story.hahaha

    February 17, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. duckunder

    Good idea. Better idea is 435 new faces to get things going. All incubents need to be voted out, especially Boehner and Pelosi.

    February 17, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. mac from pa

    Looks like the republicans are calling the dems out on this one.
    But the dems may be saying WELCOME TO MY PARLOR said the spider to the fly
    And then again if all of them are gotten rid of and we start all over the American people would be better off.
    Stop the madness!!!!!!!!!! Has anyone noticed none of them are drawing unemployment checks or struggling to keep a roof over there heads, they all set up there fat dumb and happy well maybe not dumb because they are drawing a check

    February 17, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  22. Independant

    I would not try to work with the Democrats-regardless of how much you try,they will twist the outcome to suit them.Come November they are gone anyway.The voters know the truth,they know the Democrats are liars and can not be trusted.

    February 17, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  23. Rich in Maryland

    So the party of NO really thinks that they'll look good in a televised meeting. I say, bring em on. either both parties will look ridiculous over the posturing and wrangling, or the Republicans will look ridiculous over their obstructionism.
    I really don't think this is a genuine offer.

    February 17, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  24. Independent

    The request seems a little late. If Rep. Cantor was so confident, why did he and Boehner not ask for this meeting with Dems while the legislation was still in the House?

    Perhaps they should consult with their Senate colleagues for a public forum.

    Although after Senate GOP voted against their own co-sponsored legislation, I am not sure how many Americans are actually "confident" in their bipartisan honesty at this point.

    February 17, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "It is "widely believed to be dead-on-arrival in the Senate," they wrote. "

    Translation: We haven't gotten enough mileage out of the recession yet, so we're going to filibuster anything you do until we have delayed things long enough that you can't possibly show any progress for your efforts prior to the elections in November 2010. To achieve this goal, we are going to cry like spanked toddlers that we weren't allowed to make any contributions to anything and that the Dems acted in a partisan manner...even though we've not provided any detailed proposed solutions to anything, just ranted, criticised, screamed no, and regurgitated the same old tired rhetoric about tax cuts and bowing to corporate interests that we always do. I am John Boehner and I currently have 3 giant insurance companies, a Wall Street financial instutition and a multitude of defense contractors up my cavernous butt controlling me like a muppet.

    February 17, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
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