Politics

GOP Strategy: Embrace Obama, Obstruct Democrats

The House of Representatives was gaveled into its first session of the Obama presidency at noon Wednesday. At that hour, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Republican minority leader in the House, was speaking to reporters about Democrats' unwillingness to open up debate on the $850 billion stimulus package, and Republicans' request to meet with the president on Thursday to push for their own proposals.

"President Obama asked for our input and asked for our ideas," said Boehner. "And we've been working to develop those and want to share those with [the administration]."