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Democratic Leadership Will Meet At White House Without Republicans

11/17/2010 06:15 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

WASHINGTON -- With Republican leadership asking for, and receiving, a delay in a previously announced bi-partisan meeting at the White House, Democrats have decided to make it a partisan affair.

Senate and House Democratic leadership will be meeting with President Barack Obama on Thursday, three Capitol Hill sources tell the Huffington Post.

The invites on the Senate side include Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). On the House side, the list will likely include Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.)

The White House did not return a request for comment as to what topics would be on the docket. That said, it's not hard to guess. Currently lingering in the Senate are a host of high-profile legislative items that the party wants resolved during the lame duck session, chief among them the DREAM Act, unemployment insurance, a nuclear weapons treaty, tax cuts, and repealing the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.

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