Republican House Leaders want open meeting on jobs 

House Republican leaders have sent a letter to House Democratic leaders, asking for an "open meeting" on job creation.
Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio and Eric Cantor, R-Va., cited the recent televised meetings President Obama has held with both parties in making their request.

They also pointed to the stimulus bill, which passed one year ago, as evidence of a flawed partisan plan that could have been improved if Republicans had been more involved.

"Clearly we need a different approach to developing legislation that will get American's back to work," the letter says. "Therefore, in the interest of complete transparency, on the single most important issue of the day for most Americans we ask that you join us for an open discussion so that we can begin to change a process that has not only polarized the Capitol building, but this country as well"

Democrats have yet to respond, but on Wednesday they celebrated the one-year anniversary of the stimulus bill.

"A year later, the facts are clear, the Recovery Act is working," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Hoyer points to a Congressional Budget Office report that the stimulus has worked to save or create as many as 2.4 million jobs, a number the GOP disputes.

 

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