White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said President Obama is “disappointed” that Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE (R-Ohio) is “preventing his members from coming to the White House” to discuss the shutdown and debt ceiling.

“The president thought it was important to talk directly with the members who forced this economic crisis on the country about how the shutdown and a failure to pay the country’s bills could devastate the economy,” Carney said in a statement. 

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The White House had invited the full Republican caucus to participate in a meeting with the president, but the Speaker opted to send a smaller delegation, including leadership members and committee chairmen, a BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerGOP revolts multiply against retiring Ryan Can Jim Jordan become top House Republican? Tensions on immigration erupt in the House GOP MORE aide said earlier Wednesday.

"Nine days into a government shutdown and a week away from breaching the debt ceiling, a meeting is only worthwhile if it is focused on finding a solution," Boehner spokesman Brendan Buck said. "That’s why the House Republican Conference will instead be represented by a smaller group of negotiators, including the elected leadership and certain committee chairmen."

Calling the 18 participants "negotiators" is likely to needle the White House, which has insisted repeatedly that it is unwilling to offer concessions in exchange for reopening the government or averting the debt ceiling.

But the composition of the smaller group could be an encouraging sign for a deal. In bringing only top committee chairmen and leadership members, the Tea Party-aligned backbenchers who drove Boehner to demand a delay or defunding of ObamaCare will not be present.

“The president will talk to anyone anytime and looks forward to their visit to the White House, but will not pay the Republicans ransom for doing their job," Carney said. "If the Republicans want to have a real discussion they should open the government and take the threat of default off the table.”

Along with Boehner, attendees will include House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersMillennial GOP lawmakers pleased with McMorris Rodgers meeting on party messaging The Hill's Morning Report: Trump’s Cabinet mess McMorris Rodgers seeks to tamp down unrest MORE (R-Wash.) and Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford (R-Okla.).

Also attending are Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.), Virginia FoxxVirginia Ann FoxxImmigration fight threatens GOP farm bill Ryan, GOP scramble to win support for controversial farm bill House to vote on farm bill with food stamps revamp next week MORE (R-N.C.), Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), Pete Sessions (R-Texas) and Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHillicon Valley: Mnuchin urges antitrust review of tech | Progressives want to break up Facebook | Classified election security briefing set for Tuesday | Tech CEOs face pressure to appear before Congress Feehery: An opening to repair our broken immigration system GOP chairman in talks with 'big pharma' on moving drug pricing bill MORE (R-Wis.), Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) will also make the trip. 

The meeting with Republicans follows a conference Wednesday at the White House with all House Democrats. The Senate Democratic and Republican conferences have also been invited.

--This report was originally published at 2:48 p.m. and last updated at 3:35 p.m.