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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
December 8, 2006

President Meets with the Bicameral Congressional Leadership
The Cabinet Room

President's Remarks

9:16 A.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT: I want to thank the members of Congress -- this is both Houses, both political parties -- for joining me and the Vice President and members of my team. We just had a very constructive conversation.

We talked about Iraq. We talked about the need for a new way forward in Iraq. And we talked about the need to work together on this important subject. We also talked about other key issues.

I assured the leaders that the White House door will be open when the new Congress shows up. And I think we ought to meet on a regular basis; I believe there's consensus for that. And the reason you meet on a regular basis is so that the American people can know that we're working hard to find common ground. That's what they expect us to do; they expect us to work on big problems and solve them.

I want to say something about my two friends here. Senator Frist, we appreciate your service to the United States of America. You brought a lot of dignity to the office. And I appreciate the Speaker being, as well -- Mr. Speaker, you've done a fine job as Speaker.

I look forward to working with Senator Reid and Congresswoman Pelosi for doing what's right for the country. And, again, I want to thank you all for coming down. I appreciate your interest, appreciate your advice, appreciate the input that you've given.

Thank you.

END 9:18 A.M. EST

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