by Matthew Hay Brown, updated
Shortly before meeting today on a stimulus package to bolster the faltering economy, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Republican Leader John Boehner made brief statements to reporters.
As the press conference was breaking up, Boehner took the opportunity to direct what his spokesman says was a good-natured jest toward Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer (and not Pelosi, as an earlier version of this post indicated).
We'll just run the transcript (courtesy of the Federal Document Clearing House):
PELOSI: Good afternoon. Thank you all for coming. You came in to listen in on our session here.
I'm very pleased to welcome the Republican leadership of the House to the speaker's office so that we can have a discussion of how we proceed in a bipartisan way on many fronts; particularly right now to put together a stimulus package that, again, has common ground, bipartisan support, one that we can work with the White House on that would be timely, targeted and temporary and that would make a difference immediately in the lives of the American people.
BOEHNER: Madam Speaker, thank you for the invitation, and we're certainly glad to be here.
It's clear that middle-class families in America are facing a squeeze. Their incomes aren't rising, except the cost of the health insurance is going up, the cost of food is going up, cost of energy is going up.
And with a crisis underway in the housing market, I think it's appropriate that Congress respond, and I'm hopeful that we can come together in a bipartisan way to address the needs of the American people.
PELOSI: Thank you all very much.
Thank you, Mr. Leader.
BOEHNER: As soon as they put those cameras away, I'm going to flip you the bird.