WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it's disappointed that House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) isn't sending the entire Republican caucus to the White House tomorrow. They were all invited, but Boehner is instead just sending 18 Republicans -- the elected leadership and select committee chairmen.
Spokesman Jay Carney says Obama had wanted to talk directly with the lawmakers who Carney says "forced this economic crisis on the country." He says Obama wanted to tell them that "the shutdown and a failure to pay the country's bills could devastate the economy."
But a spokesman for Boehner says the meeting is only worthwhile if it's focused on finding a solution to the government shutdown.
Obama called Democratic House members to the White House today. Officials say Obama is planning to invite senators to talk in the coming days.
230-w-33-(Sagar Meghani (SAH'-gur meh-GAH'-nee), AP correspondent, with White House press secretary Jay Carney)--The White House is inviting lawmakers from both parties to talk about the budget. AP correspondent Sagar Meghani reports. (9 Oct 2013)
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220-a-10-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news conference)-"very important issues"-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president has invited members of both parties from both sides of Capitol Hill to the White House this week. (9 Oct 2013)
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219-a-11-(Jay Carney, White House press secretary, at news conference)-"House as well"-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says the president will be meeting this week with other lawmakers, not just the House Democrats who are coming today. (9 Oct 2013)
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