Boehner to Join Meeting With Obama Monday, Expresses Doubt on Scope of Stimulus Plan

Posted January 2, 2009 at 2:07pm

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) will join Congressional leaders in a meeting with President-elect Barack Obama on Monday, his office announced on Friday.

Boehner reiterated concerns about the size and scope of a Democratic stimulus package that Congress is expected to consider immediately after its returns to the Capitol on Tuesday.

“I am concerned by media reports that suggest the Democrats’ emerging proposal may cost taxpayers up to one trillion in new government spending, with little debate or public scrutiny of the still-unseen legislation,” Boehner said in a statement.

Boehner stressed that any package proposed by Congressional Democrats or the new administration should be fully vetted through the committees of jurisdiction as well as be made available online for at least a week prior to official consideration.

“This is the taxpayers’ money, and they deserve to know their hard-earned tax dollars aren’t being wasted,” he said.