Republicans to Send Small Group to White House

by Jonathan Strong

President Obama invited the entire House Republican conference to the White House Thursday, but only a small group will be attending the session.

“Nine days into a government shutdown and a week away from breaching the debt ceiling, a meeting is only worthwhile if it is focused on finding a solution. That’s why the House Republican conference will instead be represented by a smaller group of negotiators, including the elected leadership and certain committee chairmen. It is our hope that this will be a constructive meeting and that the president finally recognizes Americans expect their leaders to be able to sit down and resolve their differences,” says Brendan Buck, a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner. One aide tells me the House GOP wasn’t about to enter a “dog-and-pony show” for the benefit of the cameras given the urgency of the situation.

The elected leaders who will be attending: 

  • Boehner
  • Cantor
  • McCarthy
  • McMorris Rodgers
  • Walden
  • Lankford
  • Jenkins
  • Foxx
  • Southerland
  • Wagner
  • Roskam
  • Sessions

And the committee chairmen:

  • Ryan
  • Camp
  • Upton
  • Hal Rogers
  • Hensarling
  • McKeon

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