Rand Paul, Trump to meet Tuesday

Rand Paul, Trump to meet Tuesday
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 White House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken MORE (R-Ky.) will meet with President Trump on Tuesday afternoon as GOP leadership aims to shore up the votes to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

A spokesman for the Kentucky Republican confirmed the White House meeting, which Paul also tweeted about. 

Paul has been a vocal critic of the Senate GOP's healthcare bill. He told reporters on Monday night that he would vote against an initial procedural hurdle that could come as early as Tuesday.

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"On the current bill, I'm not voting to get on it unless it changes before we get to it," he told reporters.

Asked if that meant he would vote "no" on the initial motion to proceed, Paul said, "absolutely," adding that leadership doesn't currently have the votes it needs.

Paul's meeting comes as GOP leadership is stepping up its efforts to win over opposing senators.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzFBI investigating alleged assault on Fort Bliss soldier at Afghan refugee camp The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio Matthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' MORE (R-Texas) huddled in Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP should grab the chance to upend Pelosi's plan on reconciliation We don't need platinum to solve the debt ceiling crisis The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE's (R-Ky.) office for roughly 45 minutes on Tuesday. Vice President Pence is also reportedly hosting a handful of conservative senators on Tuesday night. 

McConnell has a narrow window for passing their healthcare legislation, which he wants to move before the July 4 recess. 

With 52 GOP senators, he can only afford to lose two seats and still rely on Pence break a tie.

So far, four GOP senators — including Paul — have said they will vote to effectively block the Senate from taking up its legislation on a procedural motion. 

A spokesman for Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — Officials want action on cyberattacks Senate panel advances antitrust bill that eyes Google, Facebook MORE stopped short on Monday night of saying the Utah Republican would vote against proceeding, but stressed that changes needed to be made to win his vote. 

"There would have to be changes in the base bill for us to vote for a motion to proceed," he said.

According to ABC News reporter Ali Rogin, Trump called Lee on Monday and he’ll dine with Pence on Tuesday night.