WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Boehner, the Republican
speaker of the House of Representatives, said Thursday
President Barack Obama's jobs proposals "merit consideration"
and expressed hope both parties could work together.
"The proposals the president outlined tonight merit
consideration. We hope he gives serious consideration to our
ideas as well," Boehner, the top congressional Republican, said
in a statement released late Thursday.
"It's my hope that we can work together to end the
uncertainty facing families and small businesses and create a
better environment for long-term economic growth and
private-sector job creation," Boehner said.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Todd Eastham)
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