Obama, Republicans Say White House Bipartisan Summit Productive


Calling Democrats' policy agenda of the past two years "misplaced priorities," the Republican leaders said their win in the elections represented a "wholesale rejection" of such policies. They also rejected the lame duck Congress' agenda.

"While Americans have been asking 'where are the jobs?' for more than two years, our friends across the aisle have clung for too long to the liberal wish list, including a job-killing health-care law, a cap-and-trade national energy tax and an out-of-control spending spree," Boehner and McConnell wrote.

"Their actual legislative plan for the rest of the lame-duck session is to focus on anything but jobs," they wrote.

Obama also sought to push the ratification of the nuclear treaty he struck with Russia earlier this year. The treaty has been stymied in the Senate because of objections from some Republican lawmakers.

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., who is leading that pack, said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has packed the Senate legislative agenda with too many items, including the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal and the Dream Act, leaving little time for senators to consider the START treaty.

"The unanimous view of Senate Republicans is let's take care of the tax issue," Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said today. "Let's take care of how we're going to fund the government for the next 10 months and then if there's time left for other matters, it will be up to the Majority Leader Sen. Reid to decide whether we turn to other things before we adjourn for the year."

The White House had originally envisioned a series of meetings and dinners in the residence, but scheduling conflicts led to a much shorter meeting.

In addition to the president and Republican and Democratic House and Senate leaders, Vice President Joe Biden, Geithner and Lew also attended the meeting.

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