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 Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees Overnight Energy: Wheeler weathers climate criticism at confirmation hearing | Dems want Interior to stop drilling work during shutdown | 2018 was hottest year for oceans Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing 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 McConnellTSA agents protest government shutdown at Pittsburgh airport The case for Russia sanctions Pompeo planning to meet with Pat Roberts amid 2020 Senate speculation 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 AlexanderMcConnell blocks House bill to reopen government for second time Senators restart shutdown talks — and quickly hit roadblocks GOP senators propose bill to pay 'excepted' workers during shutdown MORE (R-Tenn.) and Patty MurrayPatricia (Patty) Lynn MurraySen. Murray says Washington behavior reminds her of former preschool students Senate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal 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.