Can GOP, Obama find common ground? New Congress eyes Keystone, ObamaCare, tax code

November 6, 2014

Building the Keystone XL oil pipeline, overhauling the tax code and easing “excessive” regulations blamed for slow economic growth are at the top of the agenda for the new Republican majority in Congress.

But absent from a Wall Street Journal opinion piece penned by House Speaker John Boehner and presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is any mention of immigration, which President Obama has vowed to pursue via the executive pen. The president also vowed to veto any attempts to repeal ObamaCare — which is front and center on the Boehner/McConnell agenda.

All of these and more are expected to be put on the table Friday, when Obama and Republican congressional leaders meet face-to-face for a White House summit.

The meeting on Friday could offer the first real clues as to whether the next two years will bring gridlock and partisan warfare — or some breakthroughs.

Boehner and McConnell, in their op-ed, said the GOP agenda will center around jobs and the economy, and changing policies that hinder growth. They pointed to several initiatives passed by the House, “only to gather dust in a Democratic-controlled Senate.”

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