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 Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA MORE (N.D.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Trump post | TikTok gets competitor | Lawmakers raise grid safety concerns OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic MORE (W. Va.), Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - At loggerheads, Congress, White House to let jobless payout lapse Overnight Defense: Senate poised to pass defense bill with requirement to change Confederate base names | Key senator backs Germany drawdown | Space Force chooses 'semper supra' as motto Democrats call for expedited hearing for Trump's public lands nominee MORE (Mont.) and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEx-Sen. Joe Donnelly endorses Biden Lobbying world 70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents 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.