Boehner Sending Small Team to White House for Obama Meeting

Only 18 of 232 GOP members going to meet the president

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President Barack Obama invited all members of Congress to the White House this week, but House Speaker John Boehner is dispatching only 18 of his 232 members to the meeting, Boehner’s office said.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the meetings, divided along party lines and chamber, were designed to provide an opportunity for Obama to explain his position directly to lawmakers and to hear their thoughts. A Boehner spokesman said the House GOP meeting, scheduled for Thursday, “is only worthwhile if it is focused on finding a solution” to the ongoing government shutdown and the looming debt-ceiling crisis.

The spokesman, Brendan Buck, said the House GOP is sending a group of “negotiators,” including the elected conference leadership and selected committee chairs. “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,” Buck said.

Republicans hope to force the White House’s hand on negotiating over reopening the government and raising the debt limit. Obama has said he will not negotiate on larger budget issues until Republicans first take action to move past the standoff, while Republicans are demanding a negotiated solution to both fiscal crises.

“President Obama is disappointed that Speaker Boehner is preventing his members from coming to the White House,” Carney said in a statement. “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.”

House Democrats will meet with Obama on Wednesday afternoon at the White House.

The list of House GOP attendees via, Boehner’s office:

Elected Leaders
Boehner
Cantor
McCarthy
McMorris Rodgers
Walden
Lankford
Jenkins
Foxx
Southerland
Wagner
Roskam
Sessions

Committee Chairmen
Ryan
Camp
Upton
Hal Rogers
Hensarling
McKeon

17 comments
MrObvious
MrObvious

GOP is like a bunch of fudging babies. Just pass the executive order called the spank act already and let them have it.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

The votes are there for a clean CR. Stop holding the country hostage you orange faced coward.

utopor
utopor

Arrogant Obama will just tell them "My way or the highway.  Do what I wan't now or I'll continue to blame you"

RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera

If Boehner's team goes into the Whitehouse meeting thinking they can force the president into doing what they want than they will be disappointed. The GOP will try to save face by trying to come off like not caving in even though they are just to show conservatives that they winning! So they will try to play the blackmail hand again except it won't last for long when they realize the president will not allow them to blackmail the country. The GOP has no more cards in the deck so stop trying to save face and admit defeat and do your job so enough with the games! In my opinion the president doesn't have to give in on anything the GOP planned this and they should own it instead of blaming everyone else! The President will make a deal that is fair if not than he should force the GOP's hands. We wont get a long term budget and the budget will be kicked down the road hopefully till next year not some 6week deal!

j45ashton
j45ashton

Yeah...dat's nice.  They're meeting to discuss things 'cause they never discussed  these things before 'cause of the democrats.  And really...those democrats...you can't trust  them 'cause...'cause....oh, wait, wait.  Check out this link to a clip from the Jon Stewart show.  Can't be but maybe something about the Republicans just don't smell right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNMWh_m2mtQ


Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/10/09/boehner-sending-small-team-to-white-house-for-obama-meeting/#ixzz2hHFZkQH1

j45ashton
j45ashton

Yeah...dat's nice.  They're meeting to discuss things 'cause they never discussed  these things before 'cause of the democrats.  And really...those democrats...you can't trust  them 'cause...'cause....oh, wait, wait.  Check out this link to a clip from the Jon Stewart show.  Can't be but maybe something about the Republicans just don't smell right: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNMWh_m2mtQ

jsfox
jsfox

There isn't an fiscally intelligent person on the list starting with Paul Ryan.

tsvskibum
tsvskibum

the Republican Caucus needs to grow up and allow a vote on the Continuing Resolution.  In general they need to grow up. If their mothers were around half the Caucus and all of the tea party would get their mouths washed out with soap!

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Boehner dare not send more people for the same reason he dare not hold a vote. 


jason024
jason024

@utopor You know your party jumped off the deep end when even the Koch Brothers are against you.....

MrObvious
MrObvious

@utopor 

it's called 'how our representative worked until Obama' - you know how it was intended to work before GOP with minority power figured the peoples will isn't worth squat. No wonder such an overwhelming majority of citizens think this whole shut down is idiotic. Most of them get basic civics. Why do the home-schooled teabillies don't get it?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@utopor Isn't that what the GOP is telling the American voters? Elections have consequences when you lose the White House as well as seats in the House and Senate you don't get to dictate policy.

RFKA
RFKA

@mantisdragon91 @utopor Only in Banana Republics. In America the President must always be open to negotiations any time!

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@RFKA @mantisdragon91 @utopor Funny that you mention Banana Republic. In a Banana Republic a small group of very wealthy people team with Right Wing extremists to shut down a government against the will of the majority of the voters. Care to guess who that sounds like?