Obama to meet with congressional leaders on Iraq on Wednesday

WASHINGTON Tue Jun 17, 2014 5:34pm EDT

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Benghazi during a visit to Pittsburgh June 17,  2014.   REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about Benghazi during a visit to Pittsburgh June 17, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, the top Republican in the Senate, said on Tuesday that President Barack Obama had invited the leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting on Iraq.

He told reporters at the Capitol that he, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker John Boehner and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had been invited.

A White House official confirmed the meeting, describing it as part of Obama's "ongoing consultations" with congressional leaders on foreign policy issues, including Iraq.

The Republican lawmakers said they hoped Obama would spell out a plan for Iraq.

"We spent years, vast sums of money, and - most importantly - thousands of American lives to improve Iraq’s security and make America safer. Squandering that legacy would be a tragic mistake," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner.

Obama administration officials have been holding a series of classified briefings for members of Congress about the situation in Iraq as they finalize a strategy for dealing with the crisis there.

But congressional leaders noted that Obama is not legally required to obtain permission from Congress before taking action.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Additional reporting by Roberta Rampton.; Editing by Eric Beech and Ken Wills)

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Comments (5)
BATTMAN wrote:
He was not present, but held informational briefings on other crisis, and the republicans walked out before the full debriefing to run their mouth about Obama has no plan. Well here he should invite them and hold them to any solution other than going back in. The draft dodgers, and bush history rewriter’s want war. Well until every family member of those chickenhawks is in uniform and combat ready, I say no way.

Jun 17, 2014 3:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SunnyDaySam wrote:
McConnell said he was looking forward to the meeting. “I’m anxious to hear what he has to say. He’s the president of the United States,”

Stop the presses! Somebody alert Fox/GOP ‘news’! Obama is President of the United States, everybody!!!

Jun 17, 2014 5:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bighammerman wrote:
Yes, Obama will turn to Congress for help after another screw-up. Congress should answer Obama with a removal from office.

Jun 17, 2014 12:20am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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