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 KushnerBolton suggests Trump's Turkey policy motivated by personal, financial interest: NBC In new North Korea talks, 'achievable' is the watchword Haley: Top Trump aides tried to get me to undermine him 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 GrahamLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week MORE (R-S.C.), who hosted the meeting in his Senate Russell Building office for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump impeachment is blueprint to overthrow government from within Hillicon Valley: Schumer questions Army over use of TikTok | Federal court rules against random searches of travelers' phones | Groups push for election security funds in stopgap bill | Facebook's new payment feature | Disney+ launch hit by glitches Schiff: Trump could be impeached for bribery 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.

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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 AlexanderJuan Williams: Republicans flee Trump Romney, Collins, Murkowski only Senate GOP holdouts on Graham's impeachment resolution The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Better Medicare Alliance — Impeachment angst growing in GOP MORE (R-Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Senate panel clears controversial Trump court pick Republicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week Pay America's Coast Guard MORE (R-Alaska), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanRepublicans warn election results are 'wake-up call' for Trump GOP lawmakers fear Trump becoming too consumed by impeachment fight Synagogues ramp up security in year since Tree of Life shooting MORE (R-Ohio) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Progressive veterans group launches campaign labeling Trump as a 'national security threat' Trump rules out total rollback of Chinese tariffs 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 ShelbyCongress hunts for path out of spending stalemate This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry GOP senators plan to tune out impeachment week 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.