White House officials attend Senate Dem lunch

Kenneth Baer, a spokesman for the White House budget office, said in a statement that Lew was briefing senators on "the president’s framework for long-term deficit reduction as well as the importance of its balanced, debt fail-safe trigger that would help ensure that policymakers make the tough decisions to reduce the deficit."

The debt trigger, which President Obama proposed in his April deficit-reduction speech, has gotten something of a mixed reaction from Democrats on Capitol Hill. Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination MORE, the Finance Committee chairman, is among those who have spoken positively about the idea, while Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), the Budget Committee chairman, and others have implied the trigger does not go far enough in battling deficits.

This post was updated at 3:03 p.m.