Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.) on Tuesday accepted Majority Leader Steny Hoyers (D-Md.) offer to meet to discuss the areas where the two men agree on health care reform.
Earlier Tuesday, the Majority Leader told reporters that he wanted to sit down with Boustany and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to find out what aspects of the Democratic health care proposal the GOP lawmakers favor. Boustany accepted the offer in a letter to Hoyer.
Both Republican Members have made comments that they agree with 80 percent of what Democrats want to do. I want to find out what that 80 percent is, Hoyer said. Whatever it is, we need to find out what it is and see if we can reach agreement.
Boustany, a former surgeon, gave the Republican response to President Barack Obamas joint address to Congress on health care reform earlier this month.
American families need health care reforms to lower costs and increase access to a quality doctor-patient relationship, Boustany wrote to Hoyer. We can achieve many of these bipartisan reforms without disrupting existing coverage, growing the deficit or threatening jobs.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.