Lawmakers invited to Camp David for bipartisan meeting

Lawmakers invited to Camp David for bipartisan meeting

White House acting chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE has invited a bipartisan group of lawmakers to Camp David this weekend for informal meetings, a White House official confirmed on Tuesday.

Democrats and Republicans from the House and Senate are expected to huddle with administration officials at the presidential retreat near Thurmont, Md. There is “no agenda” for the gathering, said the official, who declined to name invitees.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget GOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Democrats wary of handing Trump a win on infrastructure MORE is not expected to attend.

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The invitation, which was first reported by Politico, marks one of the first significant efforts to reach across the aisle by the Trump administration since the 35-day government shutdown ended last month.

It comes as tensions between Trump and Democrats are running near an all-time high, with another shutdown possible on Feb. 15 if lawmakers refuse the president’s demand for $5.7 billion in border wall funding.

Democrats, who took control of the House in January, have also been determined to investigate Trump’s administration and business practices.

But Trump is expected to lay out some bipartisan initiatives in his State of the Union address on Tuesday on areas like drug pricing and infrastructure, and the White House will need to build closer relationships with Democratic lawmakers if they hope to see their proposals become law.

Mulvaney, a former House GOP lawmaker, recently invited a Republican-only to Camp David that included Sens. James LankfordJames Paul LankfordBipartisan group of senators introduce legislation designed to strengthen cybersecurity of voting systems Dems push to revive Congress' tech office US-China trade talks end without announcement of deal MORE (Okla.), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanThe Hill's Morning Report - White House, Congress: Urgency of now around budget WANTED: A Republican with courage Companies warn Trump trade war is about to hit consumers MORE (Ohio), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Wellons Moore CapitoGOP presses Trump to make a deal on spending Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race MORE (W.Va.), Kevin CramerKevin John CramerBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran Trump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw Lawmakers introduce legislation to improve cyber workforce funding MORE (N.D.) and David Perdue (Ga.), according to Politico.

The former South Carolina congressman was elected during the 2010 Tea Party wave and was not known to have strong ties to many Democrats, though he still has relationships with several Republicans with whom he served before entering the administration in 2017.