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Obama meets with Republicans, urges cooperation

Obama meets with Republicans, urges cooperation

President Barack Obama urged Republican lawmakers Friday to work with Democrats on job-creation proposals and other initiatives, decrying sharp partisan splits and "the politics of no" that have divided Congress into warring camps.
The president, who was meeting with Republican members of the House of Representatives, acknowledged that the opposition party has joined Democrats in some efforts, such as sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan. But he said he was disappointed and perplexed by virtually unanimous Republican opposition to other programs, such as the $787 billion economic stimulus bill enacted a year ago.
"I don't think the American people want us to focus on our job security, they want us to focus on their job security," Obama told the lawmakers.
He also noted overwhelming Republican opposition to his plan to overhaul the U.S. health care system, a proposal that is now is in legislative peril. Obama said he would gladly look at better ideas, but he urged Republicans to acknowledge the difficulties that many Americans face in obtaining good health care.
Republicans have political momentum after last week's Massachusetts special election, in which they captured the Senate seat long held by a Democrat, the late Edward M. Kennedy. They view that election as a referendum on Obama's policies, giving them little incentive to cooperate with Democrats ahead of the November congressional elections.


Updated : 2020-11-30 10:30 GMT+08:00