President Trump to Host Bipartisan Working Dinner
Trump struck a deal Wednesday with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer to raise the debt ceiling and assure government funding until Dec. 15. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Trump will host six senators for a bipartisan dinner at the White House Tuesday, three of whom are among the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection in 2018.
Those members are Sen. Joe Donelly, Ind., Heidi Heitkamp, N.D., and Joe Manchin, W.Va. Each hail from red states where the Trump’s margin of victory ranges from 19 to 42 percentage points.
The dinner will also include three Republican senators: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, Utah, who is considering retirement at the end of his current term; Pat Toomey, Pa; and John Thune, S.D., according to a White House official.
The occasion comes less than a week after Trump hosted congressional bipartisan leaders at the White House, during which he struck a deal with the top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi, Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, N.Y., to combine a three-month extension on the debt ceiling with $15 billion in disaster relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
By moving forward with Pelosi and Schumer’s proposal, Trump discarded a GOP-backed plan which would have extend the debt ceiling for six months or 18 months. Several congressional Republicans later said they were disturbed by the president’s decision to side with Democrats over his own party.