By Siobhan Hughes
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) on Wednesday sounded an unusually optimistic note after meeting with President Barack Obama, saying they came away feeling they could find common ground on energy and jobs policies.
The meeting also included Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.). The two Republicans did not get into specifics about which areas were ripe for compromise. But the tone was noteworthy because Republicans typically highlight their differences with the Democrats.
“The president believed that there were some areas where we could find common ground, and frankly I was encouraged by that,” Mr. Boehner told reporters. He cited “a number of areas where we have common ground between the two political parties, particularly on jobs and on energy.”
Mr. McConnell called the lunch “productive” and said “we talked about a number of energy policies. We talked about those bills that have come out of the House. The president thought that some of those, we could find some common ground.”
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- Obama to Congress: End billions in oil industry subsidies (cnn.com)
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- Obama Demands End of Energy Subsidies (myfoxny.com)
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