President Obama "enjoyed a constructive and wide-ranging discussion" over dinner with Republican senators on Wednesday night, White House officials said.
A statement put out by the White House said Obama thanked Sen. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonGeorgia campaigns keep up pressure ahead of runoff vote Medicare’s coverage decisions need more input from physicians Five takeaways from the Georgia special election MORE (R-Ga.) for "bringing the group together" for dinner, which included a green salad, steak and sautéed vegetables.
The White House said Obama looks forward to continuing bipartisan conversations.
"Productive discussion tonight at dinner with the President and GOP colleagues," Sen. Mike CrapoMike CrapoLawmakers call for pilot program to test for energy sector vulnerabilities Senators war over Wall Street during hearing for Trump's SEC pick Overnight Finance: Biz groups endorse Trump's Labor pick | New CBO score coming before health bill vote | Lawmakers push back on public broadcasting cuts MORE (R-Idaho) tweeted Wednesday night.
Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioTop Trump officials push border wall as government shutdown looms Rubio defends Trump: 'This whole flip-flop thing is a political thing' Rubio: Shutdown would have 'catastrophic impact' on global affairs MORE (R-Fla.) was also among the lawmakers who joined Obama for his second closed-door dinner with Senate Republicans on Wednesday.
Rubio, a frontrunner for the 2016 GOP nomination, had been invited but had not committed for most of the day of the dinner. The Florida Republican's office said immigration meetings might get in the way of him going to the dinner, but later said he would attend.
Besides Isakson, Rubio and Crapo, Sens. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGroups warn of rural health 'crisis' under ObamaCare repeal Trump’s Army pick faces tough confirmation fight Trump faces risky ObamaCare choice MORE (Tenn.), John BoozmanJohn BoozmanMedicare’s coverage decisions need more input from physicians GOP lawmakers call on FCC chair to soften data services proposal Senate Republicans eyeing alternative tax reform plan MORE (Ark.), Susan CollinsSusan CollinsSchumer: Senate Russia probe moving too slowly Collins: I'm not working with Freedom Caucus chairman on healthcare Mexico: Recent deportations 'a violation' of US immigration rules MORE (Maine), Mike EnziMike EnziTrump should work with Congress to block regulations on prepaid cards GOP wrestles with big question: What now? Top Dem: Trump's State Dept. cuts a 'Ponzi scheme' MORE (Wyo.), Deb FischerDeb FischerDem labels infrastructure ‘top thing’ Trump can accomplish Senators press the FCC on rural broadband affordability Smart investments in America’s future MORE (Neb.), Orrin HatchOrrin HatchOvernight Finance: Dems want ObamaCare subsidies for military spending boost | Schumer: Drop the wall and we'll make a deal | Trade battle: Woe, Canada? | Congress nears deal on help for miners McConnell signals Republican-only path on tax reform MORE (Utah), Pat RobertsPat RobertsOvernight Energy: Trump to sign orders on offshore drilling, national monuments Watchdog: EPA spending on water pollution campaign was legal Picking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups MORE (Kan.), John ThuneJohn ThuneGroups urge lawmakers to oppose 'devastating' net neutrality rollback McConnell signals Republican-only path on tax reform GOP chairman not expecting infrastructure money in Trump’s tax plan MORE (S.D.) Roger WickerRoger WickerPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups McConnell’s shining moment As US healthcare changes, preventative screenings can't stop MORE (Miss.) dined with Obama.
Obama's first meeting with Senate Republicans, last month, did not result in any new policy breakthroughs but senators left the meeting feeling more optimistic about possibly brooking a deal on deficit reduction.
After Wednesday night's dinner, Obama has not recently dined with 21 Senate Republicans. They are: John BarrassoJohn BarrassoPoll: Sanders most popular senator in the US The animal advocate Trump climate move risks unraveling Paris commitments MORE (Wyo.), Roy BluntRoy BluntDisconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page GOP senator: There will never be full U.S.-Mexico border wall This week: Congress returns to government shutdown fight MORE (Mo.), Thad CochranThad CochranPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill MORE (Miss.), John CornynJohn CornynDisconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page Juan Williams: Trump's 100 days wound GOP Trump wall faces skepticism on border MORE (Texas), Ted CruzTed CruzOvernight Finance: Dems want ObamaCare subsidies for military spending boost | Schumer: Drop the wall and we'll make a deal | Trade battle: Woe, Canada? | Cruz: Seize money from drug lords to fund border wall There’s a new frontier in space exploration, but will Trump be on board? MORE (Texas), Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeTrump wall faces skepticism on border No Congress members along Mexico border support funding Trump's wall Obama-linked group launches ads targeting Republicans on immigration MORE (Ariz.), Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyTrump, lower court nominees need American Bar Association review Trump eyeing second Supreme Court seat Grassley: Another Supreme Court vacancy likely this summer MORE (Iowa), Dean HellerDean HellerEx-Nevada state treasurer may challenge Heller in 2018 Week ahead: House to revive Yucca Mountain fight Obama-linked group launches ads targeting Republicans on immigration MORE (Nev.), Jim InhofeJames InhofeTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations Optimism rising for infrastructure deal Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate MORE (Okla.), Mark KirkMark KirkThe way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump ObamaCare repeal bill would defund Planned Parenthood Leaked ObamaCare bill would defund Planned Parenthood MORE (Ill.), Mike LeeMike LeeTrump takes aim at Obama monuments Trump should work with Congress to block regulations on prepaid cards Sweeping change at DOJ under Sessions MORE (Utah), Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Finance: Dems want ObamaCare subsidies for military spending boost | Schumer: Drop the wall and we'll make a deal | Trade battle: Woe, Canada? | Congress nears deal on help for miners Dems want ObamaCare subsidies funded in exchange for B to military MORE (Ky.), Jerry MoranJerry MoranAt the table: The importance of advocating for ABLE GOP lawmakers lead way in holding town halls Yahoo reveals new details about security MORE (Kan.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiTrump’s Army pick faces tough confirmation fight Republican Sen. Collins considering run for Maine governor in 2018 Alaska senators push bill to allow Arctic drilling MORE (Alaska), Rand PaulRand PaulWe can put America first by preventing public health disasters Conservative activists want action from Trump McConnell: 'Big challenge' to pass ObamaCare repeal in Senate MORE (Ky.), Rob PortmanRob PortmanLawmakers urge Pruitt not to close Midwest EPA office Lighthizer unanimously approved by Senate panel Five things to know about Trump's steel order MORE (Ohio), Jim RischJim RischTax profits not cash flow: An alternative to the GOP plan that helps small business Senate panel advances small business cybersecurity bill Lawmakers call for pilot program to test for energy sector vulnerabilities MORE (Idaho), Tim ScottTim ScottLobbying World Juan Williams: The complicated story of black conservatism We need to pass the Anti-Semitism Awareness Act to fight hate and bigotry MORE (S.C.), Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsC-SPAN to air Trump travel ban arguments live Trump faults DNC in Russian email hacks Sessions: Dems will pass anything ‘as long as it doesn’t work’ MORE (Ala.), Richard Shelby (Ala.) and David VitterDavid VitterFormer senator who crafted chemicals law to lobby for chemicals industry Former GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Lobbying World MORE (La.).
Additionally, the two dinners have included all but three Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee: Cornyn, Grassley and Portman. The Finance panel oversees Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and taxes.
--Daniel Strauss contributed to this report.
--This report was originally published at 6:19 p.m. and updated at 10:55 p.m.