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Republicans Speak Up Before Monday's Meetings

House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) released a statement today in advance of his meeting Monday with President-elect Obama, Democratic leaders and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky). He voiced concern that "Democrats' emerging proposal may cost taxpayers up to one trillion in new government spending, with little debate or public scrutiny of the still-unseen legislation."

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"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."

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."

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