House GOP pledges to seek common ground on jobs

September 9, 2011 - 3:45 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders are pledging to seek common ground with President Barack Obama on legislation to help create jobs and return the economy to health.

In a letter to Obama, Speaker John Boehner and other leaders say their ideas differ from the president's. But they also say his are entitled to consideration and House committees will begin reviewing them immediately.

They wrote they are looking forward to receiving formal legislation from the White House so the Congressional Budget Office can calculate the cost.

In addition to Boehner, the letter was signed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor and two other Republican leaders, Reps. Kevin McCarthy and Jeb Hensarling.

Obama wants Congress to approve $447 billion worth of tax cuts and spending to help bring down unemployment.