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House GOP Leaders Will Talk Strategy This Week in Chicago

House Republican leaders will huddle in Chicago on Monday and Tuesday to discuss their strategy for the rest of the 111th Congress and to raise money for the GOP campaign committee.

Michael Steel, a spokesman for Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), said leaders will be discussing “spending and jobs” at their midyear planning session.

“Given Washington Democrats’ failure to face the important issues — like spending and jobs — it is more important than ever for House Republicans to continue to listen to the American people and offer better solutions,” he said.

Steel noted that the Congressional Institute and Member campaign accounts are funding the meeting and that it is fully compliant with House ethics rules.

Following an internal meeting Monday, GOP leaders will join Republicans from the Michigan and Illinois delegations for a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser, called the 2010 National House Republican Leader Event.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz will headline the two-day fundraiser at the W Hotel in downtown Chicago, according to an online flyer for the event. For $5,000 per person, donors can attend a reception with the NRCC leadership Monday evening. A dinner afterward with Romney will run $25,000 per person.

Donors can attend an NRCC Council roundtable discussion Tuesday morning for $10,000 and, for an additional $1,000 per person or $2,500 per political action committee, can have lunch with Holtz, according to the flier.

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