McConnell: Scrutiny required on ‘stimulus’
By CAROL E. LEE on Politico
HONOLULU — President-elect Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders on Monday during his first full day back in Washington in an attempt to assuage rising concerns among Republicans and some Democrats that his is too costly and too rushed.
Obama will first sit down with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and(D-Nev.) to discuss the scope and timing of a plan that could cost up to $775 billion, a Democratic source said Thursday.
Obama, Pelosi and Reid are then expected to meet with(R-Ky.) and (R-Ohio), the source said.
McConnell has been an increasingly vocal critic of Obama’s plans for an. This week he and Boehner called for giving lawmakers at least a week to review the legislation when it is completed and for holding committee hearings on the proposal before it goes to the floor for a vote.
“A trillion-dollar spending bill would be the largest spending bill in the history of our country at a time when ouris already the largest in history,” McConnell said in a statement this week. “As a result, it will require tough scrutiny and oversight.”
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