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Barack Obama travels to Capitol Hill to sell his stimulus plan

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Barack Obama spent part of Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill, trying to sell his economic stimulus plan to House and Senate Republicans,

It was a tough sell.  Before the presidential visit, House Republicans held a closed door meeting where Minority Leader John Boehner told members they should vote against the measure in its current form because it contained too much wasteful spending.

Welcoming GOP ideas

During his visit, Obama said he would “continue to welcome good ideas” from the Republicans.  But reports from within the meeting with House members said Obama refused Republican requests to have more of the $825 billion economic rescue package be made up of tax cuts.

After the session, Obama said “I don’t expect 100 percent agreement from my Republican colleagues, but I do hope we can put politics aside.”

Minority Leader Boehner said members of his party “enjoyed the conversation." 

"I think the president enjoyed the conversation.  And I look forward to continue to work with him to improve the package in the coming days," Boehner said.

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