President Bush reached out to Democratic leaders Friday meeting with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and our Illinois Senator Dick Durbin. But both Senators and President Bush said they would work together in the spirit of bipartisanship.
President Bush states, “Republican and Democrats are equally as patriotic and equally concerned about the future."
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois Senator Dick Durbin on in the same place on the same side. Both place the War in Iraq at the top of the Democrats' priority list. Senator Reid says, “Let's find out what's been going on with the War in Iraq, the different large federal agencies that we have there simply has been no oversight in recent years."
Senator Durbin goes on to say “We need to let Iraqi's know that American soldiers are going to start to come home."
Durbin says the U.S. has basically given the war torn country a blank check. And that might be the first issue that President Bush and these Democrats won't ever see eye to eye on. Durbin says, “There was some differences between the President and myself on this but I hope the dialog will continue."
Durbin wants to bring home the point that Illinois is a state in line to move forward. He goes on to say, “My new position in Senate will not only help our state but I would hope that it will mean I will be part of most of the major debates."
During this lame duck time efforts will focus on the spending bill and tax extenders. Durbin says confidence builder bills are what's needed now as Republicans and Democrats leave the past in the past.