to meet with congressional leaders on Iraq on Wednesday
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[June 18, 2014]
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
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.
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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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