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White House, Republicans talk compromise
White House, Republicans talk compromise
By Tom Cohen and Deirdre Walsh, CNN
updated 5:37 AM EST, Thu March 1, 2012

Washington (CNN) -- Republican leaders and the White House sent signals Wednesday of possible detente on jobs and energy legislation, but they offered few specifics and congressional Democrats questioned whether any progress would ensue.

President Barack Obama had a rare luncheon meeting with leaders of both parties in Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. They are two of his biggest adversaries in the political wrangling that has brought public scorn of congressional inaction.

"We discussed a number of areas where I believe there's common ground between the two political parties, particularly on jobs and on energy, and I'd like to think that some of the bipartisan bills that we have moved through the House will ... be taken up soon by Democrats over in the Senate," Boehner later told reporters at a news conference with McConnell.

In particular, Boehner cited what he called Obama's support for a House Republican proposal called the JOBS act, short for "Jump-starting Our Business Startups," that is comprised of six measures aimed at removing barriers to small business investment.

In the past, when the President has negotiated directly with Republicans in Congress, I have not liked the result very much. Remember the POTUS and Mitch McConnell agreeing on the Obama tax cuts in December, 2010, while Democrats still controlled both houses of Congress?
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