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Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 04/12/2011

Obama to preview speech on national debt with congressional leaders

President Obama will huddle with congressional leaders Wednesday morning to preview his afternoon speech on tackling the country’s debt problem.

Obama is expected to meet at the White House at 10:40 a.m. with bipartisan, bicameral leaders, hours ahead of his speech at George Washington University, according to a statement from the White House.

The full list of attendees released by the White House includes House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.).

White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer confirmed the meeting in a Tuesday afternoon tweet.

“POTUS will meet with Congressional Leaders at the WH on Weds prior to his speech on dealing with our fiscal situation,” Pfeiffer tweeted.

The news of Obama’s planned speech had caught some congressional Democratic leaders by surprise. Hoyer told reporters Tuesday that he had not been previously told by the White House about the speech until Obama’s plans were reported on Sunday morning.

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