Republican Leaders Explain Where They Can ‘Work Together’ With Democrats

By Susan Jones | November 30, 2010 | 6:39 AM EST

House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. talk to reporters outside the White House in Washington on April 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

( – “If President Obama and Democratic leaders put forward a plan during the lame-duck session to cut spending and stop the tax hikes on all Americans, they can count on a positive response from Republicans,” Rep. John Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a Washington Post op-ed published on Tuesday.

The Republican congressional leaders also say if the president and Democratic leaders do not act before the end of the year, the job will be done by the next Congress, where Republicans hold a majority in the House and 47 seats in the Senate. “But we hope it doesn't come to that,” Boehner and McConnell wrote.

John Boehner (R-Ohio) is the incoming House speaker and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is the Senate minority leader. They are among a group of lawmakers invited to the White House Tuesday to meet with President Obama.

Boehner and McConnell view the meeting with Obama as “an opportunity to show the American people that we got the message of the elections earlier this month.”

They said voters want Congress to block tax hikes, curtail federal spending, and “work together on policies” that make it easier for employers to start hiring again.

The Republican leaders said they’ll work with anyone from either party who is ready to focus on the priorities of the American people.

“We can work together and accomplish these things, but the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress first will have to prioritize. It's time to choose struggling middle-class families and small businesses over the demands of the liberal base. It's time to get serious,” they said.