By Molly K. Hooper - 02/09/10 12:03 AM EST
House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn BoehnerOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief fears sequestration's return GOP senator: Reid's 'ramblings' are 'bitter, vulgar, incoherent' MORE (R-Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric CantorEric CantorJohn Feehery: GOP: Listen to Reince The Trail 2016: Dems struggle for unity Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.) said Republicans are right to be reluctant in embracing a summit if the president is unwilling to start the talks from scratch.
“If the starting point for this meeting is the job-killing bills the American people have already soundly rejected, Republicans would rightly be reluctant to participate,” the pair explained in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.
The two sent a letter to Emanuel late Monday demanding answers to unresolved questions regarding the summit, which is scheduled for Feb. 25th.
On Sunday afternoon however, Obama refused to say he would start from scratch.
During a Super Bowl pre-game interview on CBS, Obama announced his plans to hold the summit, which he said would be televised.
“I’m going to ask Republicans to put their ideas on the table,” and then two weeks later will “have a large meeting to go through systematically all the best ideas that are out there and move it forward," he said.
The guest list for the summit has yet to be released.
A White House senior aide told The Hill that details regarding the healthcare summit would be forthcoming in the near future.