President Obama will meet for dinner on Wednesday with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) and other House Democratic leaders, the White House said Tuesday.
The gathering is just the latest in a series of efforts by Obama to reach out to Congress amid grumbling on both sides of the aisle that the president has been too insular throughout a host of high-stakes debates on the budget, immigration and other issues.
Aside from Pelosi and Hoyer, the attendees at Wednesday's dinner will be Reps. James Clyburn (S.C.), the assistant Democratic leader; Xavier Becerra (Calif.), chairman of the House Democratic Caucus; Joseph Crowley (N.Y.); vice chairman of the Caucus; Chris Van Hollen (Md.), senior Democrat on the Budget Committee; Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Robert Andrews (N.J.), the co-chairmen of the Democrat's Steering and Policy Committee; Steve Israel (N.Y.), head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; and Mike Thompson (Calif.), who chairs the Democrats' task force to prevent gun violence.
The dinner will be at the Jefferson Hotel in Washington, according to the White House. Mike Lillis contributed.