White House press secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday said President Obama is “disappointed” that Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerMaher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only House Republicans request hearing with Capitol Police Board for first time since 1945 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 BoehnerMaher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only House Republicans request hearing with Capitol Police Board for first time since 1945 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 CantorVirginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' White House says bills are bipartisan even if GOP doesn't vote for them MORE (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersHillicon Valley: US, UK authorities say Russian hackers exploited Microsoft vulnerabilities | Lawmakers push for more cyber funds in annual appropriations | Google child care workers ask for transportation stipend Lawmakers push for increased cybersecurity funds in annual appropriations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Upbeat jobs data, relaxed COVID-19 restrictions offer rosier US picture 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 FoxxNorth Carolina deputy killed in standoff after wellness check Two deputies shot in North Carolina, suspect barricaded in house House passes bill to prevent violence in health care workplaces 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 RyanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only Cheney at donor retreat says Trump's actions 'a line that cannot be crossed': report 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.