Obama to dine in with dozen senators

President Obama’s meeting with a dozen Senate Republicans on Wednesday will be at the White House.

It’s the second meeting Obama has had with Senate Republicans — and one with different optics that his first meeting, which took place at the opulent Jefferson Hotel.

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The White House said Obama picked up the dinner tab and paid for it with his own money.

Earlier on Tuesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus suggested the second dinner not be at an expensive restaurant.

“Instead of eating out as the president and senators did last month, I suggest they eat in,” said Priebus, who offered to pay for pizza.

“With their budgets tight in the struggling economy, many families are doing exactly that,” Priebus said in a statement. “It’s only fitting our leaders do the same with the government facing such a large budget deficit.”

It’s unclear what topics will be the focal part of the discussions on Wednesday. The last meeting, with a different group of senators, focused on the budget.

Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonSenate approves new Veterans Affairs watchdog Overnight Regulation: Republicans move to block financial adviser rule Senate Republicans move to block financial adviser rule MORE (R-Ga.) is working closely with the White House on the gathering. Besides Isakson, Sens. John ThuneJohn ThuneAir traffic control plan faces tough fight ahead GOP blasts Obama for slow economic growth Overnight Tech: Business data deals on FCC agenda MORE (S.D.), John BoozmanJohn BoozmanBringing US rice back to Cuba Senate passes energy reform bill Capitol Hill’s forest champions helped secure win for wood MORE (Ark.), Roger WickerRoger WickerOvernight Healthcare: Senate making headway on Zika funding DNC head: Republicans ‘dropping like flies’ from convention Campaign chief to vulnerables: Stay away from GOP convention MORE (Miss.), and Orrin HatchOrrin HatchSupreme Court wrestles with corruption law IRS: Annual unpaid tax liability was 8B Hatch asks Treasury for memo that decreases transparency of tax rules MORE (Utah) will be attending the dinner, according to Senate aides.

“As was the case the first time the president had dinner with a dozen Republicans ... this will be a private dinner where the president looks forward to discussing a range of issues,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m.

This article was last updated at 10:40 p.m.

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