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 BarrassoOvernight Energy: Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee | Nevada Democrat introduces bill requiring feds to develop fire management plan | NJ requiring public water systems to replace lead pipes in 10 years Senate panel advances controversial public lands nominee in tie vote Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices 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 McConnellS.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Poll: Potential Sununu-Hassan matchup in N.H. a dead heat  Business groups urge lawmakers to stick with bipartisan infrastructure deal 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 AlexanderLamar AlexanderAuthorities link ex-Tennessee governor to killing of Jimmy Hoffa associate The Republicans' deep dive into nativism Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurrayTech executives increased political donations amid lobbying push Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up Sunday shows preview: As delta variant spreads, US leaders raise concerns 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.