Boehner announces House GOP lineup for White House healthcare summit

House Republican Leader John Boehner (Ohio) on Wednesday announced the members of his conference who will attend the bipartisan White House healthcare summit Thursday.

The list includes House GOP leaders, ranking members of key committees and lawmakers who have been outspoken against the Democrats' healthcare bill throughout much of the debate:

    * Republican Leader John Boehner
    * Republican Whip Eric Cantor (Va.)
    * Energy and Commerce Committee ranking Republican Joe Barton (Texas)
    * Ways and Means Committee ranking Republican Dave Camp (Mich.)
    * Education and Labor Committee ranking Republican John Kline (Minn.)
    * Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), an Energy and Commerce member
    * Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) — a heart surgeon who delivered the GOP's rebuttal to President Barack Obama's address on healthcare last year.
    * Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), a lawmaker who was close with Obama during their time in the Illinois state Senate.
    * Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a Republican policy bona fide and ranking member of the Budget Committee.

Boehner said this afternoon that Republicans plan use the summit to "point out what we believe the flaws are" in the president's plan."

"I think Republicans need to go," he said in an appearance on Fox News. "I don't see any reason to let the president have a six-hour infomercial about his bill."

Boehner also said that Democrats lack the votes to push the Senate bill through the House, repeating a claim Cantor made in a memo Wednesday morning.


Boehner wrote to the White House, asking officials to include Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak (Mich.), who is skeptical of Obama's proposal, to the list of attendees after they invited Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) to the summit. 

Stupak has said that 15 to 20 House Democrats cannot support the presiden't proposal.

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