House Democrats have been invited to a meeting at the White House on Wednesday afternoon, a White House official said, in the first in a series of meetings with groups of lawmakers in coming days to focus on the government shutdown, budget stalemate and raising the debt limit to avoid a default.

The meetings come as Republicans accuse President Obama of not negotiating with them over the budget.

The House Democratic Caucus will meet at the White House at 4:30 p.m. and the meeting will be closed to the press. Senate Democrats, House Republicans and Senate Republicans will be invited for similar meetings in the coming days, the White House official said. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name.