AP reports, “President Bush will invite Democrats to the White House to discuss their standoff over a war-funding bill, but he will not budge from his opposition to troop-withdrawal deadlines in Iraq.” When a reporter asked White House spokeswoman Dana Perino why lawmakers should attend the meeting if Bush won’t negotiate, Perino replied, “Maybe they need to hear again from the president about why he thinks it is foolish to set arbitrary timetables for withdrawal.”
UPDATE: Statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV):
The President is demanding that we renew his blank check for a war without end. Despite the fact that the President persists in trying to score political points at the expense of our troops, congressional Democrats have repeatedly reached out in the spirit of cooperation. We renew our request to work with him to produce a bipartisan bill that provides our troops and our veterans with every penny they need, but in turn, demands accountability.