House Republicans, in advance of a meeting Thursday at the White House, sent President Obama a letter outlining the difficulties they say they've had in reaching bipartisan agreement with congressional Democrats.
The House minority is "disappointed by the lack of an open dialogue with regard to legislation and advancing the best possible solutions for the American people," reads the letter, which the GOP provided [PDF] to the Huffington Post.
Since the beginning of Obama's presidency, the House GOP has sought to align itself with Obama's call for bipartisanship while attacking House Democrats -- and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in particular -- as overly partisan. Obama's approval ratings make him an unattractive political target.
"Democratic leaders in Congress have so far ignored your call for a new era of bipartisanship in Washington -- however the next 100 can be different," offer the House Republicans.
The final letter, said a GOP aide, will be signed by House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and three other members of leadership, Reps. Mike Pence (Ind.), Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.).
The letter also offers GOP solutions to the economic mess: income tax cuts, capital gains tax cuts, small business tax cuts and tax credits for homeuyers.
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