House GOP to meet with Democrats on unemployment extension bill

"Speaker Boehner has said he would have an 'open door' policy for members of both parties in the People's House, and he meant it," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel told The Hill on Wednesday. "He is looking forward to hearing Rep. Lee's ideas for spending cuts that a majority in the House of Representatives can support."

In a March 9 letter asking for a meeting with Republicans on the bill, Lee and Scott indicated they are willing to find these cuts. While they said they think the unemployment situation constitutes an emergency, and that the bill should therefore not require spending offsets, they also said they are "committed to exhausting every possible avenue to pass this bill."

"We want to work with you to identify how best to finance this legislation and ensure its swift passage," they wrote.