"Let's be clear," the statement read, "it is essential that this legislation be debated in a fair, open, and honest way. Congress should have public hearings in the appropriate committees, the text of the measure should be made available online for the American people to review for at least one week, and it should be free from special-interest earmarks."
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Boehner and House and Senate Republicans will face an expanding Democratic majority in both chambers and a Democratic president. "Republicans have offered solutions to help create American jobs and get our economy back on track without asking taxpayers to pay for up to one trillion in new government spending, and they merit serious consideration," Boehner stressed. "I am eager to discuss these proposals with the President-elect and our Democratic colleagues next week."