Obama invites congressional leadership to dinner

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Posted: Apr 29, 2011 2:41 PM
Obama invites congressional leadership to dinner

President Barack Obama has invited the bipartisan congressional leadership and key committee leaders to dinner Monday at the White House, an overture in the midst of partisan clashes over spending and health care.

The dinner invitation was confirmed by a congressional official on the condition of anonymity because it had not been officially announced.

The invitation is to leaders of the House and Senate and to committee chairmen and ranking members _ a big contingent of lawmakers and a signal that the dinner is not devoted to an exclusive topic.

The White House and congressional Republicans, who control the House, are squabbling over whether to link tough spending reduction measures to an increase in the nation's debt limit _ a crucial step needed to avoid defaulting on the government's debts.