Kushner meets with moderate Republicans in search of shutdown solution

Kushner meets with moderate Republicans in search of shutdown solution
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Senior White House adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerPresident tweets 'few work harder' than Ivanka, Jared PETA billboard in Baltimore calls Kushner a 'rich pest' Top immigration aide experienced 'jolt of electricity to my soul' when Trump announced campaign MORE met with moderate Republican senators Wednesday afternoon in an effort to find a resolution to the 19-day partial government shutdown.

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP group calls on Republican senators to stand up to McConnell on election security in new ads Cindy McCain says no one in Republican Party carries 'voice of reason' after husband's death Trump says he'll decide on foreign aid cuts within a week MORE (R-S.C.), who hosted the meeting in his Senate Russell Building office for President TrumpDonald John Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president MORE's son-in-law and five other GOP senators, said the Republican lawmakers have agreed on “a process, maybe, that will pay dividends” in finding an end to the standoff between Trump and Democrats over border security.


Graham said that under a potential deal “the president gets his security funding and can add some things to the mix that would draw some bipartisan support.”

“It’s in its infant stages -- no commitment by anybody -- but I’m somewhat hopeful that maybe there’s a way to get what the president wants in a fashion that would do the least amount of damage to the country,” he said.

Graham summarized the framework as “the wall plus something else” that he hopes would garner some Democratic support.

Sens. Lamar AlexanderAndrew (Lamar) Lamar AlexanderThe Hill's Morning Report - How will Trump be received in Dayton and El Paso? McConnell faces pressure to bring Senate back for gun legislation Criminal justice reform should extend to student financial aid MORE (R-Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins downplays 2020 threat: 'Confident' re-election would go well if she runs Cook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Senate braces for brawl over Trump's spy chief Congress kicks bipartisan energy innovation into higher gear MORE (R-Alaska), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSchumer blasts 'red flag' gun legislation as 'ineffective cop out' McConnell faces pressure to bring Senate back for gun legislation Shaken Portman urges support for 'red flag' laws after Ohio shooting MORE (R-Ohio) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThe United States broken patent system is getting worse Gun reform groups to pressure GOP senators with rallies in all 50 states To cash in on innovation, remove market barriers for advanced energy technologies MORE (R-N.C.) attended the meeting. Collins and Tillis face potentially tough reelection races in 2020.

Murkowski described the meeting as “a group of likeminded senators that are gathering to see if we can’t offer up some helpful suggestions.”

“We’re going to continue the conversations and see where we go,” she said.

After leaving Graham’s office, Collins, Alexander and Portman then went to the office of Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyIn-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both Budget deal sparks scramble to prevent shutdown Trump border fight throws curveball into shutdown prospects MORE (R-Ala.).
Portman said the senators at the meeting were looking for a “reasonable compromise” that would secure the border and let the government fully reopen.
When asked if they had a proposal, Portman said senators are just “talking.”

Kushner declined to comment after leaving Graham’s office.

Democratic senators were not invited.

Jordain Carney contributed.