January 2nd, 2009
02:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama set to meet with Congressional leadership

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/02/art.dems.gi.jpg caption="Obama will meet with Reid and Pelosi Monday along with GOP leaders."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Monday to discuss his proposal for the new economic stimulus plan, which leaders are now referring to as an "economy recovery plan", a Senate Democratic leadership aide said Friday.

Obama, Pelosi and Reid are then hoping to meet with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner, the aide told CNN.

The president-elect's staff contacted McConnell's office about meeting on Monday but the time and location has not been buttoned down, said a Senate Republican leadership aide.

"It's likely to happen but the details still need to be worked out," said the aide. Asked if Republicans are satisfied with what appears to be an effort by Obama to include them in discussions about the new economic stimulus package the GOP aide said, "It depends on what the meeting is - if it's just a photo op or if they're really reaching out."

The aides declined to be named because the meetings had not been publicly announced.
Obama aides would not confirm any Monday meetings.

As House Democratic aides said Pelosi would like to move a stimulus bill through the House by the second week in January, McConnell and Boehner both expressed concerns this week about the size of the economic rescue effort and if oversight of the plan will suffer because of Democrats' ambitious timeline.

McConnell's office says he will release another statement Friday, reiterating the concerns he raised early this week.

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  1. Godluvr

    To Robin, "Mike, well said, I'm pretty sick of Proud American myself"

    Why are you two sick of proud Americans? LOL....

    Seriously, I am proud to be an American. God bless America!

    January 2, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  2. soulstar

    republicans on this post (and elsewhere) keep saying the dems are gonna spend us to economic oblivion...but facts are much better guages of reality than mindless rants. the last president to balance the budget was...clinton. the last president to spend us to oblivion was...bush. facts matter guys.

    obama has nothing to fear of pelosi and reid...they have the same basic goals and view. if he should be cautious of anyone, it should be the *few* repubs who definately want to see him fail. their motives are fuzzy – why would any american want an AMERICAN president to fail?? race? party affiliation? ideology? terrorists want our president to fail...where does that put some of the anti-obama people?? it's ok to oppose a president's policies – it is not ok to wish him/her bad luck, maliciousness, and failure.

    bottom line:
    obama succeeds – we all win
    obama fails – we all lose

    to the few republicans out there who despise obama (regardless of 'reason'), give the man a chance. the guy is reaching out, playing it cool, more proactive and visible than bush, and inspiring. so far, he is on track to being a GREAT american president...75% of us amreicans are seeing it so far. (and by the way – *sarc* 75% of americans are NOT dems, so that should tell you something if you are in the 25% that simply will not give the man a chance)
    your beloved bush & co. wanted nothing from the dems., but look at obama! even *if* it is just a photo op – it's far more inclusive than bush's admin.

    January 3, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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