Obama Invites Congressional Leaders for Cocktails at the White House
By Michael D. Shear
First, a contentious, partisan vote. Then, wine and cheese.
Lest the Congress let itself get tied into knots tonight as they debate the $825 billion stimulus package, President Obama has offered an incentive to finish early.
Obama invited the bipartisan leadership of Congress to the White House this evening for a 7:30 p.m. gathering in the Red, Blue and Green rooms. The cocktail party will be the first of its kind for the Obama administration.
There ought to be some interesting conversations as the lawmakers mingle. The House is expected to pass the stimulus bill tonight despite the very vocal opposition of the chamber's Republican leadership.
The list of those invited includes:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Representative Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland)
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)
Representative Eric Cantor (R-Va.)
Sen. Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)
Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.)
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.)
Sen. John Cornyn (R.Texas)
Posted at 3:41 PM ET on Jan 28, 2009
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