Republicans are sending a small group of lawmakers up to meet with President Barack Obama on Thursday rather than the entire conference. Obama had invited the entire Republican conference to meet with him on Thursday.
Read the announcement from House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) press secretary Brendan Buck below. There are few Tea Party Republicans in the group.
Here’s the announcement:
Earlier today it was communicated to the speaker’s office that the president would be inviting the full House Republican Conference to a gathering at the White House tomorrow. 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. That’s why the House Republican Conference will instead be represented by a smaller group of negotiators, including the elected leadership and certain committee chairmen. 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. Timing of the meeting will be announced by the White House. Below is a list of meeting participants from the House: