Dems who supported trade deal get Obama state dinner invites

Dems who supported trade deal get Obama state dinner invites
Support President Obama’s trade agenda — get a ticket to an elegant state dinner at the White House. 
Five congressional Democrats who have pledged their support for trade promotion authority legislation will don their black-tie best Tuesday night at a dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The authors of a bipartisan fast-track compromise — Sen. Ron WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenOvernight Health Care: Trump eases rules on insurance outside ObamaCare | HHS office on religious rights gets 300 complaints in a month | GOP chair eyes opioid bill vote by Memorial Day Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare Grassley, Dems step up battle over judicial nominees MORE (D-Ore.), ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchOvernight Finance: NAFTA defenders dig in | Tech pushes Treasury to fight EU on taxes | AT&T faces setback in merger trial | Dems make new case against Trump tax law | Trump fuels fight over gas tax What sort of senator will Mitt Romney be? Not a backbencher, even day one Lawmaker interest in NAFTA intensifies amid Trump moves MORE (R-Utah) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.) — will also hobnob in the East Room. 
They will be joined by Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-N.Y.), a leader in the bipartisan congressional Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) caucus he helped launch in 2013, as well as Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperTrump states would bear brunt of gas tax increase: conservative groups Trump talk riles advocates on both sides of gas tax Senate bill would let EPA implement global greenhouse gas deal MORE (D-Del.), a member of the Finance panel who was one of seven Democrats to back a fast-track bill last week in committee. 
The United States and Japan are in talks with 10 other nations on the TPP, which spans from Latin America to the Pacific Rim and represents about 40 percent of global growth. 
Fast-track legislation is not only expected to speed trade deals through Congress but expedite completion of the long-awaited TPP agreement. 
Abe and Obama each vowed Tuesday to push for conclusion of the bilateral agreement between their two countries as well as the broader trade deal. 
Abe will address a joint session of Congress on Wednesday. 
Several other Democrats — some of whom have yet to show their hand on fast-track — will be in attendance as well. 
Notably, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said last week that “I’m not telling you how I'm voting on anything because we don't have anything to vote on yet,” will attend with her husband, Paul. 
Pelosi has criticized the fast-track legislation for taking too much power from Congress to influence the trade debate.