Veterans groups invited to White House meeting

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Leaders from veterans service organizations have been invited to the White House for a meeting Tuesday to discuss what might happen to veterans’ benefits if a deal isn’t reached by the Aug. 2 deadline to increase the government’s borrowing limit.

Obama has said he can’t guarantee Social Security checks and payments to veterans and the disabled will go out on schedule in the absence of a deal.

The meeting suggests increased planning by the Obama administration for the possibility that a deal isn’t reached. That’s a scenario the Obama administration until recently rejected out of hand.