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 KushnerA question of privilege: How Trump could still gut the Mueller report Ex-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Nadler: Half of Trump probe targets likely to comply with document requests 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 GrahamGraham: Dems want to abolish Electoral College because they 'want rural America to go away' Overwhelming majority of voters want final Mueller report released: poll Bottom Line MORE (R-S.C.), who hosted the meeting in his Senate Russell Building office for President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 AlexanderWhite House proposes limits on student loan borrowing as part of higher education reforms The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Trump issues first veto, warning of 'reckless' resolution MORE (R-Tenn.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump MORE (R-Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiJuan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R-Alaska), Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanGOP moves to rein in president's emergency powers The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R-Ohio) and Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Trump keeps tight grip on GOP 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.

 
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.