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  • Vice President Harris hosted a private party for the women in the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening at her residence at the Naval Observatory, and all but three attended.
  • The bipartisan dinner, made up of 21 senators, marked the vice president's first social gathering at her new home since taking office in January.
  • A negative COVID-19 test was reportedly required for admission at the party.

Vice President Harris hosted a private party for women in the U.S. Senate Tuesday evening at her residence at the Naval Observatory, and all but three attended. 

The bipartisan dinner, made up of 21 Senators, marked the vice president's first social gathering at her new home since taking office in January, The New York Times reported. Sens. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were unable to attend. 

Harris, who served in the senate prior to her election, held the dinner as the Biden administration negotiates its infrastructure proposal with lawmakers. The New York Times reported that Sinema, one of the absentee senators, is a key member of a group working on striking a bipartisan deal. 

The vice president is also reportedly spearheading talks surrounding the passage of new voting rights legislation. 


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Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich) posted pictures on Twitter following the event showing senators seated together, as well as samplings of the evening’s spread — including photos of items prepared by Harris.  

Likewise, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) thanked the former California Senator on Twitter for carrying on the traditional dinner. 

Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said on Fox News following the dinner that “it was a lovely event” and referred to the vice president as a “gracious host.” 

ABC news reported that a negative COVID-19 test was required for admission at the party. 


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Published on Jun 16, 2021