Washington (CNN) - So much for getting things off on a post-election bipartisan note.
President Obama's plan to have a meeting with bipartisan congressional leaders at the White House on Thursday has been postponed. The White House released a statement saying the delay is due to scheduling conflicts and will now take place on November 30th.
But others on Capitol Hill are saying the plan fell apart late Tuesday amid finger-pointing about who's to blame for delaying what had become informally known as the "Slurpee Summit."
Days of scheduling negotiations broke down after Republican leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner told the White House the crush of business setting up the new Congress while juggling a lame duck session of the old one was too much, according to officials in both parties.
Republicans insist that Democratic leaders were also having a hard time making Thursday work because of other events. "Thursday was just a tentative date, it was never confirmed," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
But Democratic officials say they would have made the meeting despite the crowded schedule and they're questioning the GOP commitment to working together. "They can spin it however they want," said one Democratic official. "All I know is that a bipartisan group of the House and Senate leadership were invited to the White House. It doesn't bode well for future cooperation."
Stewart insisted Democrats are blowing the delay out of proportion. He predicted both sides will come together early next week or shortly after Thanksgiving.
"The meeting will happen; the schedulers are working to find the best date/time to make it happen. We'll have a meeting so that we can discuss issues that Republicans have long said can be accomplished together. These include reducing spending, growing jobs through increased trade and increasing domestic energy. The Leader is encouraged that the President wants to discuss these areas of agreement."
President Obama had touted the meeting as an opportunity to have a lengthy discussion with congressional leaders regarding the lame duck congressional session and policy priorities ahead.
The White House released a statement regarding the issue.
"At the request of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner due to scheduling conflicts in organizing their caucuses, the President's meeting with bipartisan leaders will now take place at the White House on Tuesday, November 30th," the statement said.
- CNN's Dana Bash, Ted Barrett and Ed Henry contributed to this report.