GOP: Time for Democrats to Work With Us Now

John Boehner, Mitch McConnell lament 2 years of 'misplaced priorities'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 9:40 AM CST
GOP: Time for Democrats to Work With Us Now
In this Nov. 3 file photo, House Republican leader John Boehner, right, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell address the media.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(Newser) – Further evidence that today's summit-that-isn't-quite-a-summit between Republicans and Democrats won't yield many kumbayas: Mitch McConnell and John Boehner stake out their position on working with Democrats in a Washington Post op-ed and say they're happy to do so—provided President Obama and company are willing to "move away from the misplaced priorities of the past two years" and embrace GOP positions on tax cuts, health care, lower spending, etc.

"If President Obama and Democratic leaders put forward a plan during the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop the tax hikes on all Americans, they can count on a positive response from Republicans," they write. "If the president and Democratic leaders don't act before the end of the year, however, House and Senate Republicans will work to get the job done in the new Congress. But we hope it doesn't come to that." (Read more John Boehner stories.)

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