Obama to Brief Congressional Leaders on Afghanistan

Posted October 5, 2009 at 1:42pm

Updated: 4:45 p.m.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon will brief Congressional leaders, as well as relevant committee chairmen and ranking members, on the administration’s strategy in Afghanistan, the White House said Monday.

The White House meeting will be part of an intensifying review Obama is conducting amid calls by his Afghanistan commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, for more boots on the ground. Obama will meet with his own national security team Wednesday and again on Friday to discuss Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The meeting with lawmakers is being held “to walk them through where we are in the process and solicit their views,— White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. “The president has discussed wanting to hear from all of those that are involved in this, and certainly Congress plays a big role in this.—

Among those attending the bipartisan, bicameral meeting are Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and ranking member Howard McKeon (R-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and ranking member John McCain (R-Ariz.).