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

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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