From NBC's Kelly O'Donnell and Domenico Montanaro
We noted in First Thoughts that Republicans yesterday declined to say explicitly if they would be willing to participate in White House-offered and Vice President Biden-led negotiations on the budget and spending cuts.
But Republicans will, in fact, meet today with Biden and other administration officials today at 4:00 pm ET, aides say.
After saying a meeting might not happen, aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell say the GOP leaders will attend. Hill Democratic leaders will also attend.