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 CornynThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Democrats keen to take on Cornyn despite formidable challenges The Hill's Campaign Report: Battle for Senate begins to take shape MORE (R-Texas) told reporters that a bipartisan group put together by GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (Maine) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTwo-thirds of Republicans support 'red flag' gun laws: NPR poll Red flag laws won't stop mass shootings — ending gun-free zones will Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (S.C.) will meet around 5 p.m.

Cornyn and Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinSenate Democrats push Trump to permanently shutter migrant detention facility House panel investigating decision to resume federal executions To combat domestic terrorism, Congress must equip law enforcement to fight rise in white supremacist attacks 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 SchumerJohnson eyes Irish border in Brexit negotiations Lewandowski on potential NH Senate run: If I run, 'I'm going to win' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE (D-N.Y.) threw his support behind the group, noting he had "very good conversations" with Collins and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinSunday shows - Recession fears dominate Manchin: Trump has 'golden opportunity' on gun reforms Trump vows to 'always uphold the Second Amendment' amid ongoing talks on gun laws 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 McConnellPelosi, Schumer press for gun screenings as Trump inches away The malware election: Returning to paper ballots only way to prevent hacking First House Republican backs bill banning assault weapons MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will bring up an immigration bill.

Updated at 11:17 a.m.