Washington (CNN) - House Minority Leader John Boehner said Wednesday he is "disappointed" that governors and state legislators won't be invited to Thursday's high-profile White House summit on health care reform.
The Ohio Republican has been pressing the Obama administration to include governors, not just Congressional leaders, in the summit because of their practical experience dealing with health care legislation in the states. Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty also wrote to the White House earlier this month asking that governors be included.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday that the White House has turned down the request.
"We are disappointed to announce that the White House has advised Leader Boehner that its expectation is that congressional leaders will appoint only Members of Congress as their representatives at the summit, on the grounds that the discussion is 'about legislation,'" Steel said.
"Leader Boehner is disappointed the White House has not listened to the American people, who want Washington Democrats to scrap their job-killing health care bill and start over, and he is disappointed the White House has excluded our nation's governors and state legislators from the summit," he said.
–CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby and Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report