07 Jul '11, 4pm

Lawmakers to rally behind Dalai Lama; no White House meeting planned...

On Friday 8 July 2011, 0:02 SGT Top US lawmakers plan Thursday to welcome the Dalai Lama in a show of support as China stepped up pressure on President Barack Obama not to hold his own meeting with Tibet's exiled spiritual leader. Members of the House of Representatives plan to put aside briefly a bitter debate on taming the US debt for talks with the Dalai Lama, a rare figure embraced by both sides of the political spectrum in the United States. House Speaker John Boehner, the third highest-ranking US official under the Constitution, invited the Dalai Lama to the Capitol. Former speaker Nancy Pelosi, the House leader of Obama's Democratic Party and longtime supporter of the Dalai Lama, will join the talks along with other senior lawmakers. The White House has tried to keep the question of a meeting with Obama on the back-burner after treatment of the Dalai Lama during his...

Full article: http://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/US-lawmakers-rally-behin...

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