The competing agendas of House Republicans and President Barack Obama are set to clash on Friday.
Obama, who called for bipartisanship at his State of the Union address on Wednesday, will meet the minority Party at a House Republican retreat in Baltimore today.
His proposals for the U.S. economy on Wednesday included another round of stimulus to help boost jobs, as unemployment remains high at 10 percent, even as the Gross Domestic Product rises. A report today indicated that that GDP grew at a rate of 5.7 percent in the third quarter, up from 2.2 percent in the third quarter. Today's figures will be revised in the coming months.
Republicans, who opposed President Obama's initial economic stimulus package last year, have expressed aversion to new spending in efforts to rein in government costs.
The No. 2 Republican in the House, Eric Cantor, told Politico.com today that Republicans will remind him again: We're not voting 'no' for political expediency - we've got our principles, and we're going to stand up and defend those.
Cantor was responding to President Obama's admonishment on Wednesday that saying 'no' to everything may be good short-term politics, but it's not leadership.
Obama is set to attend a separate meeting with Democratic leaders later this month.