WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama will huddle with five top congressional Democrats on Monday afternoon to discuss how to pay for the health care reform bills that are stalled in Congress, largely over the issue of which taxes should be raised to cover the $1 trillion price tag, congressional aides told CNN.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs confirmed the meeting during his daily press briefing.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada will join the chairs of the tax-writing committees in the House and Senate - Rep. Charlie Rangel of New York and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana - for the White House gathering. A Democratic aide told CNN that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is also attending the meeting.
Obama invited the leaders to the 4:30 p.m. meeting in part to sift through the various proposals lawmakers are considering to raise hundreds of billions of dollars for health reform.
It's Obama's first health care reform meeting with congressional leaders since returning from an overseas trip.
On Capitol Hill, aides were reluctant to publicize the meeting. One said it was meant to be kept "secret."
Republicans and Democrats, meanwhile, sparred Sunday over how to pay for health care reform.
Updated: 3:23 p.m.