Updated: 11:45 a.m.
President Barack Obama has invited leading Members of Congress from both parties to the White House on Tuesday to discuss his new policy for Afghanistan, several senior Congressional aides confirmed Wednesday.
The meeting is scheduled for 4:45 p.m. and will include House and Senate leadership teams and key committee chairmen and ranking members, including those from Armed Services, Appropriations and Foreign Relations, according to a House aide.
The huddle comes on the same day the president is expected to address the nation on his strategy in a televised, prime-time address. Obama has been weighing his plans for months and faces pressure from both sides of the aisle on how to proceed.
Obama on Tuesday said he planned to “finish the job— in Afghanistan, and leaks from his administration have reported that he plans to send tens of thousands of additional troops at a cost of tens of billions of dollars a year.
That escalation has been very controversial within the Democratic Party and will probably require Obama to rely on Republican votes to fund his plan. Republican leaders have been pushing Obama to escalate the war for months in response to a request from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, while Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been outspoken in her criticism of the corruption in the Afghan government and has been publicly skeptical of a surge.
Pelosi met with Obama Tuesday.