Did the White House Drop the Ball on Meeting with House Progressives?

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Remember back on Friday, President Obama discussed the public option on a conference call with House liberals? And remember how the upshot of that call was that Obama planned to meet yesterday with the chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Hispanic Caucus, And Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus?

Well that meeting never happened. Yesterday, sources told me that the meeting hadn’t been scheduled, but could happen as late as this morning. Today, a House aide tells me that it’s not going to happen at all.

“They never called,” the aide said.

Before reading too deeply into this, I have a call in to the White House seeking an explanation. But at a glance it doesn’t seem to suggest that House liberals are being roped in to the health care negotiations between the House and the Senate.

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Brian Beutler is TPM’s senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he’s led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com

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