Top House Republicans Will Head to the White House Thursday to Meet With Obama

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House Speaker John Boehner rallies the crowd as it is projected that republicans will retain control on the House.
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Oct. 9, 2013, 11:16 a.m.

Speak­er John Boehner, his top House GOP lieu­ten­ants, and some House com­mit­tee chair­men are headed to the White House on Thursday for talk with the pres­id­ent on the gov­ern­ment shut­down and the loom­ing dead­line on rais­ing the na­tion’s abil­ity to bor­row.

The en­tire 233-mem­ber House GOP con­fer­ence was to be in­vited, ac­cord­ing to a Boehner spokes­man. But the de­cision was to send a small group.

“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,” said the spokes­man, Brendan Buck.

“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,” said Buck.

The tim­ing of the meet­ing will be an­nounced by the White House, he said.

Mean­while, the White House is­sued a state­ment that showed its dis­ap­prov­al of Boehner’s de­cision to lim­it the Re­pub­lic­ans who come to the White House.

“Pres­id­ent Obama is dis­ap­poin­ted that Speak­er Boehner is pre­vent­ing his mem­bers from com­ing to the White House,” said Jay Car­ney, White House press sec­ret­ary. “The Pres­id­ent thought it was im­port­ant to talk dir­ectly with the mem­bers who forced this eco­nom­ic crisis on the coun­try about how the shut­down and a fail­ure to pay the coun­try’s bills could dev­ast­ate the eco­nomy. The Pres­id­ent will talk to any­one any­time and looks for­ward to their vis­it to the White House, but will not pay the Re­pub­lic­ans ransom for do­ing their job. If the Re­pub­lic­ans want to have a real dis­cus­sion they should open the gov­ern­ment and take the threat of de­fault off the table.”

Ma­jor­ity Whip Kev­in Mc­Carthy, R-Cal­if., Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence Chair Cathy Mc­Mor­ris Rodgers, R-Wash., Budget Chair­man Paul Ry­an, R-Wis., Ways and Means Chair­man Dav­id Camp, R-Mich., Ap­pro­pri­ations Chair­man Har­old Rodgers, R-Ky., Rules Com­mit­tee Chair­man Pete Ses­sions, R-Tex., and 10 oth­ers.

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