Slurpees Get Slushy As White House Summit Postponed

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At the request of Congressional Republican leaders the “Slurpee Summit,” proposed by President Obama the day after the midterm elections and tentatively scheduled this Thursday, will be put off for a while.

A statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reads, “At the request of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner due to scheduling conflicts in organizing their caucuses, the President’s meeting with bipartisan leaders will now take place at the White House on Tuesday, November 30th.”

McConnell’s spokesman Don Stewart sends over this statement: “The meeting will happen but a date is not yet set; the schedulers are working to find the best date/time to make it happen. We’ll have a meeting so that we can discuss issues that Republicans have long said can be accomplished together. These include reducing spending, growing jobs through increased trade and increasing domestic energy. The Leader is encouraged that the President wants to discuss these areas of agreement.”

It looks like it might happen on November 30.

Late update: Whew! Stewart says, “The meeting will happen on Nov. 30. We’ll have a meeting so that we can discuss issues that Republicans have long said can be accomplished together. These include reducing spending, growing jobs through increased trade and increasing domestic energy. The Leader is encouraged that the President wants to discuss these areas of agreement.”

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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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