Obama disappointed all House Republicans not attending Thursday meeting

Reuters

WASHINGTON, Oct 9 (Reuters) - The White House criticizedHouse of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday forhis decision not to let all House Republicans attend a WhiteHouse meeting on Thursday.

President Barack Obama has been attempting to persuademoderate Republicans to break from Tea Party conservatives andforce Boehner, the top Republican in Washington, to allow a voteon a short-term spending bill to end a U.S. government shutdownand take the threat of a debt default off the table.

The White House has invited all House Republicans to ameeting on Thursday but Boehner limited the group to 18Republicans who hold leadership positions.

"President Obama is disappointed that Speaker Boehner ispreventing his members from coming to the White House," WhiteHouse spokesman Jay Carney.

"The president thought it was important to talk directlywith the members who forced this economic crisis on the countryabout how the shutdown and a failure to pay the country's billscould devastate the economy," he said.

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