According to Washington Post, the president is hosting a dinner party. President Trump plans to invite six Republican and Democratic senators to a working dinner in a bid to find common ground on tax reform.
The White House has already sent out the invitations. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, and Joe Donnelly are likely to attend while GOP Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, and other two SFC senior members, John Thune and Patrick J. Toomey would be joining in.
One person familiar with the matter said the White House plans to announce the plans Tuesday morning.
The dinner is part of a long effort to launch a debate on tax reform. While the GOP leadership doesn’t think legislation could be passed by the end of the month, the congressional tax-writing panels are prepared to hold hearings to negotiate the details.
Trump Courting the Democratic Senators
The three Democratic senators will likely accept the invitation because getting cozy with Trump could boost their reelection prospects in states that overwhelmingly voted for Trump last year. Since the election, Trump has been courting the three moderate senators and even suggested Manchin and Heitkampf would make good Cabinet secretaries.
Heitkamp joined the President at a rally in North Dakota last week, where Trump expressed hope she would support him and called her a “good woman.”
What’s more, the trio of Democratic lawmakers refused to sign a letter pushed by their party outlining what they wanted to see. All three senators backed Trump’s pick for Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, this year.
The dinner will be hosted by the President and VP Mike Pence Tuesday evening, an administration official recently said. This Tuesday’s discussion is expected to focus on tax reform, which is the President’s top priority.
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