McConnell has said he sees openings for bipartisanship on various trade deals, nuclear power, funding “clean coal” technology, on taxes and spending, and on reauthorizing Bush’s signature No Child Left Behind Act on education. Obama has indicated a willingness to compromise during the lame duck on extending Bush-era tax cuts, which McConnell has praised, and Democrats said they hope Republicans will work with them to create construction jobs during the reauthorization of the highway bill next year.
But no future private meetings between the two have been scheduled. However, McConnell is expected to attend the bicameral, bipartisan leadership meeting at the White House sometime next week.
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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