(Adds detail on Republican meeting not yet set)
WASHINGTON Jan 1 President-elect Barack Obama
plans to meet on Monday with Democratic and Republican
congressional leaders to discuss their legislative agendas,
including how to jump-start the struggling U.S. economy, a
Democratic congressional aide said on Thursday.
Obama plans to meet first with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and they will later be
joined by Republican leaders Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch
McConnell, the aide said, speaking on the condition of
A Republican congressional aide said there had been talk
about a meeting with Obama but nothing had been set yet.
The discussions would be the first opportunity for the
bipartisan leadership to meet with the president-elect and they
will cover other issues besides the economy, the congressional
aide said. Obama transition officials declined to comment.
Obama officials have been discussing an economic stimulus
bill in the range of $675 billion to $775 billion, although
Republicans have expressed concerns that Democrats who control
the House of Representatives and Senate could expand it to as
much as $1 trillion.
Democrats in Congress are hoping to put a stimulus bill on
Obama's desk by Jan. 20 when he takes office, or shortly
However, that could be difficult. Boehner and McConnell
earlier this week issued statements outlining their concerns,
demanding extensive hearings and seeking tough scrutiny for
what will be included in the spending plan.
(Reporting Jeremy Pelofsky and Kim Dixon in Washington and
Ross Colvin in Honolulu; Editing by Bill Trott)