Lawmakers to sit down, talk healthcare

House Republicans and Democrats are set to meet behind closed doors Wednesday afternoon for a “conversation” on healthcare.

The eclectic bipartisan gaggle of lawmakers will sit down to find out if they can come to agreement on various aspects of the healthcare reform bill.

The meeting, called by vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus Xavier Beccerra (Calif.), will be the first “leadership-sanctioned” bipartisan session of its kind since the president began his push for healthcare reform.

GOP Rep. Charles BoustanyCharles William BoustanyDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Americans worried about retirement should look to employee ownership Top Lobbyists 2017: Hired Guns MORE Jr. (La.) met with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) several weeks ago and then with top-ranking House Republican John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (Ohio) to get the green light to move forward with discussions.

In addition to Becerra and Boustany, House Democratic Reps. John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthHouse Dems see shutdown as inevitable Red state Dem: Trump has 'committed impeachable offenses' Congress reeling from sexual harassment deluge MORE (Ky.), Allyson Schwartz (Pa.) and Bill Pascrell (N.J.) and House Republican Reps. John Shadegg (Ariz.) and Charlie Dent (Pa.) are among those invited to participate.

Becerra said that he envisions sitting down with those on the other side of the aisle to "be candid, open and not prejudge anything."

Becerra and Boustany's meeting is one of two bipartisan sessions happening Wednesday afternoon.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusPro-dependency advocates miss the mark in attacking Kansas welfare reform Pence breaks tie to confirm Trump's pick for religious ambassador The House needs to help patients from being victimized by antiquated technology MORE is scheduled to meet with members of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC).

Top-ranking RSC members have pressed for a meeting with the president but will talk with Sebelius at this point.

Hoyer and his GOP counterpart, Minority Whip Eric CantorEric Ivan Cantor'Release the memo' — let's stop pretending that Democrats are the defenders of the FBI Raúl Labrador, a model for Hispanic politicians reaching higher Eric Cantor: Moore ‘deserves to lose’ MORE (Va.), intend to sit down on Thursday for a similar meeting.