McConnell Invites Coburn, Barrasso to Attend Health Care Summit

Posted February 23, 2010 at 12:59pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the names of the four Republican Senators whom he is inviting to join him at President Barack Obama’s bipartisan health care summit Thursday. The list includes the Senate Republican Conference’s two physicians.

Obama invited top leaders of both parties from the House and Senate, and is allowing each leader to bring four additional Members. McConnell has chosen to bring with him GOP Sens. John Barrasso (Wyo.) and Tom Coburn (Okla.), both doctors.

McConnell is also including Senate GOP Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Already invited to Thursday’s nationally televised event were Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); Finance ranking member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa); and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee ranking member Mike Enzi (Wyo.).