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Emanuel To Meet With House, Senate GOP Leaders

Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the incoming White House chief of staff for President-elect Barack Obama, will hold courtesy calls with House and Senate leaders today.

At 2 p.m., Emanuel will meet with Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the rest of the GOP leadership from that chamber. One-on-one meetings with new House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.) will follow soon after.

One senior aide told Politico that Emanuel is expected to talk to the lawmakers about the auto industry bailout and address some economic issues.

Another Republican aide added, "It's sort of a check the box type of meeting. They're going to talk about areas where they can work together but to be honest, I don't even know where they would start."

Emanuel and Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) spoke by phone last week, and the two will probably hold another meeting at some point in the future.

"We're not going to conduct any business," said one Republican aide. "These are just courtesy calls, we'll show we're willing to work in a bipartisan manner with Obama."

Amie Parnes contributed to this report.


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