Bipartisan group of senators to meet Wednesday on immigration

Bipartisan group of senators to meet Wednesday on immigration
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A bipartisan group of senators, including members of leadership, will meet on Wednesday evening as they look for a deal on immigration.

Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynHillicon Valley: FTC rules Cambridge Analytica engaged in 'deceptive practices' | NATO researchers warn social media failing to remove fake accounts | Sanders calls for breaking up Comcast, Verizon Bipartisan senators call on FERC to protect against Huawei threats Giffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick MORE (R-Texas) told reporters that a bipartisan group put together by GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsGiffords, Demand Justice to pressure GOP senators to reject Trump judicial pick Senate confirms eight Trump court picks in three days Lawmakers call for investigation into program meant to help student loan borrowers with disabilities MORE (Maine) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties GOP senator blocks Armenian genocide resolution Hannity slams Stern for Clinton interview: 'Not the guy I grew up listening to' MORE (S.C.) will meet around 5 p.m.

Cornyn and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSupreme Court poised to hear first major gun case in a decade Protecting the future of student data privacy: The time to act is now Overnight Health Care: Crunch time for Congress on surprise medical bills | CDC confirms 47 vaping-related deaths | Massachusetts passes flavored tobacco, vaping products ban MORE (Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, are expected to take part in the meeting. 

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Cornyn said on Wednesday that he and Durbin will work as a "clearinghouse" to field ideas from both caucuses.

"So we can build from the bottom up a plan that can hopefully get enough support that we can get it passed," Cornyn said when asked about the meeting.

Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) threw his support behind the group, noting he had "very good conversations" with Collins and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinStatesmen seek bipartisan solutions to big challenges Both sides have reason to want speedy Trump impeachment trial No one wins with pro-abortion litmus test MORE (D-W.Va.).

"I support the bipartisan group. In fact, as some of our members here on the Democratic side have plans for it, I encourage them to join it and form it," he said.

He added that "what they are doing is very, very good for the body."

The Wednesday gathering comes after a smaller group of 12 senators, organized by Graham, met on Monday to begin negotiations.

Collins was also at the forefront of an effort by a group of moderate senators to reach an agreement to end the shutdown.

Lawmakers have roughly two weeks until the current government funding bill runs out on Feb. 8. If they aren't able to reach a larger deal by then, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will bring up an immigration bill.

Updated at 11:17 a.m.