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Trump to meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill

Trump to meet with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill
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President Trump will join GOP senators at their weekly policy lunch on Tuesday, Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoSenate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus Hillicon Valley: Senate panel votes to subpoena Big Tech executives | Amazon says over 19,000 workers tested positive for COVID-19 | Democrats demand DHS release report warning of election interference GOP senators call on Trump to oppose nationalizing 5G MORE (R-Wyo.) said. 

“We are pleased to announce that President Trump will join us next Tuesday to press our common agenda and speed a great American recovery,” Barrasso, who extended the invitation to the president, said in a statement.

“Leader McConnell and our entire conference look forward to welcoming the president,” he added, referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Trump blasts Obama speech for Biden as 'fake' after Obama hits Trump's tax payments White House hoping for COVID-19 relief deal 'within weeks': spokeswoman MORE (R-Ky.).

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The lunch will mark Trump's first time addressing senators at the Capitol since taking office. He has, however, hosted the GOP conference at the White House before.

The appearance comes amid a debate among Republicans over a bipartisan plan to fund the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies unveiled by Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderBitter fight over Barrett fuels calls to nix filibuster, expand court Senate Health Committee chair asks Cuomo, Newsom to 'stop second guessing' FDA on vaccine efficacy The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Goldman Sachs - Two weeks out, Trump attempts to rally the base MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayPlaintiff and defendant from Obergefell v. Hodges unite to oppose Barrett's confirmation Overnight Health Care: Trump takes criticism of Fauci to a new level | GOP Health Committee chairman defends Fauci | Birx confronted Pence about Atlas Government watchdog to investigate allegations of Trump interference at CDC, FDA MORE (D-Wash.) this week.

Trump moved to end the subsidies last week, and has been unclear about whether he will support the measure. He has called it a “short-term” fix to stabilize ObamaCare insurance markets, but has also said that he’s opposed to bailing out insurance companies.

At the same time, the GOP is scrambling to pass tax reform by the end of the year. The first step in that process is for lawmakers to pass a 2018 budget resolution. The Senate is expected to take up that resolution either late Thursday or early Friday.

Trump told reporters at the White House on Thursday that he thinks it has the votes to pass in the upper chamber. Congress has not yet drafted the legislation for the actual tax cuts Trump is hoping for.