Boehner to host Hill summit with new Republican governors

Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will host a summit at the Capitol this week with incoming Republican governors, his office said Monday.

Boehner will host 15 GOP governors-elect on Wednesday in a summit meeting expected to feature Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and other Republican lawmakers.

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"Washington doesn't have all the answers, and the best solutions usually come from outside the Beltway," Boehner said in a statement. "Republicans may still be outnumbered in Washington, but with the American people and reform-minded governors standing with us, there's a lot we can do together to stop runaway government spending and help small businesses get back to creating jobs."

Boehner's made efforts to bring GOP governors together with congressional Republicans, especially as the party moves toward the 2012 presidential election. When Boehner hosted a press conference on Capitol Hill following the election, both McConnell and Republican Governors Association Chairman Haley Barbour (Miss.) were on hand.

The speaker-designate's office said repealing healthcare reform and pursuing spending cuts would top the agenda for Wednesday's meeting to contribute to a "collaborative effort" between GOP congressmen and governors on those items.

Expected participants include Govs.-elect Robert Bentley (Ala.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Terry Branstad (Iowa), Sam Brownback (Kan.), Paul LePage (Maine), Rick Snyder (Mich.), Brian Sandoval (Nev.), Susana Martinez (N.M.), John Kasich (Ohio), Mary Fallin (Okla.), Tom Corbett (Pa.), Nikki Haley (S.C.), Dennis Daugaard (S.D.), Bill Haslam (Tenn.) and Matt Mead (Wyo.).

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