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Boehner, Cantor Ask Obama to Meet Before Speech

By Newsmax Wires   |   Wednesday, 07 Sep 2011 12:18 PM

Republicans are giving it their best effort to reach an agreement with President Barack Obama on a jobs plan. House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor have asked Obama to gather the congressional leadership of both parties to confer about his jobs proposal before his speech to Congress Thursday night, The Hill reports.

Boehner and Cantor wrote a letter to Obama requesting the meeting. “We would suggest that prior to your address to Congress you convene a bipartisan, bicameral meeting of the congressional leadership so that we may have the opportunity to constructively discuss your proposals,” the letter said.

It is “critical that our differences not preclude us from taking action in areas where there is common agreement. We should not approach this as an all or nothing situation,” Boehner and Cantor wrote.

They specified several areas where agreement is possible: curbing regulation, passing three delayed trade agreements and dropping federal requirements on state-controlled transportation funds.

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