WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans relented Sunday and said they would attend President Obama's bipartisan health care summit this week after all, but the chamber's GOP leader is far from resigned to the Democrats' idea of cooperation on the hot-button issue.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he and his members wouldn't boycott the president's meeting set for Thursday and that he had come ready to participate "in good faith."
But he said Democrats were still being "arrogant" in their refusal to throw out current legislation and start over from scratch on a bipartisan compromise, as Republicans have asked.
"Apparently we're going to be there most of the day and have an opportunity to have a lot of discussion," McConnell said Sunday in an interview on Fox News. "But if they're going to lay out the plan they want to pass four days in advance, then what are we discussing on Thursday?"
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The decision expands the summit's attendance list beyond Democratic lawmakers, whom Obama has summoned to the presidential guesthouse for a bipartisan meeting with whichever Republican leaders will join them. House Republicans haven't said yet whether they'll go.