Trump to host centrist Dems at White House

Trump to host centrist Dems at White House

President Trump plans to have lunch Thursday with a group of moderate Democratic senators who could help advance his agenda through Congress. 

Sens. Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampVirginia loss lays bare Democrats' struggle with rural voters Washington's oldest contact sport: Lobbyists scrum to dilute or kill Democrats' tax bill Progressives prepare to launch counterattack in tax fight MORE (N.D.), Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by ExxonMobil — Manchin seeks 'adjustments' to spending plan Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Democrats push tax credits to bolster clean energy MORE (W. Va.), Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill Biden reconciliation bill faces Senate land mines MORE (Mont.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyBiden to have audience with pope, attend G20 summit Biden taps former Indiana Sen. Donnelly as ambassador to Vatican Republicans may regret restricting reproductive rights MORE (Ind.) are expected to attend, according to USA Today. All four face reelection next year and represent states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump will likely need Democratic help to fulfill his campaign promises. Republicans control 52 seats in the Senate, short of the 60 votes needed to break filibusters on key agenda items.

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The president is hoping for a swift confirmation for his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. He also wants to pass an overhaul of the tax code, repeal ObamaCare and authorize new spending on roads, bridges and railways. 

Trump is trying to overcome a rocky start with Congress, which included chaos and confusion over the president’s executive order on travel and refugees. 

The White House on Tuesday announced the hiring of seven new aides to serve on its legislative affairs team, which is tasked with establishing relationships on Capitol Hill.