The president met with Republican and Democratic senators on Tuesday, and is meeting with moderate House members on Wednesday. The subject? Tax reform.
President Trump met with six senators for dinner at the White House on Tuesday, with bipartisan tax reform the subject of the night.
Among the attendees were Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Pat Toomey (R-PA) and John Thune (R-SD) on the Republican side, and Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), and Joe Manchin (D-WV) on the Democratic side.
Donnelly, Heitkamp, and Manchin are all up for re-election next year in states Trump won in last year’s presidential election.
Both Trump and Democratic senators seem to think the meeting went well, though. The White House said, in a statement, that the dinner was “highly productive,” according to Reuters.
Trump sought to keep the momentum going on Wednesday morning, with a tweet urging Congress to “[m]ove fast!”
The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin. Move fast Congress!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 13, 2017
Trump will also meet with moderate members of the lower chamber on Wednesday. From ABC News:
A number of leading moderate House Democrats have been invited to participate in a bipartisan roundtable with President Trump Wednesday afternoon.
Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, a leader of the House Problem Solvers Caucus, said the White House legislative affairs office invited him and other members to discuss health care, tax reform and infrastructure Wednesday afternoon.
The Democratic senators from Tuesday’s dinner, for their part, all had positive words coming out of the meeting:
READ: Joe’s statement after discussing tax reform over dinner with President Trump. pic.twitter.com/uUzCvmCLR7
— Senator Joe Donnelly (@SenDonnelly) September 13, 2017
Joined a bipartisan dinner at the White House with the president to discuss tax reform – here’s my statement. pic.twitter.com/u8HGVP1e2s
— Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (@SenatorHeitkamp) September 13, 2017
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) September 13, 2017
Trump will need at least 50 votes in support of tax reform in the Senate. If all 52 Republicans support the effort, having these three Democrats would give Trump a comfortable 55-vote win.
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