President Obama is following up last night’s dinner with a dozen GOP senators by asking the House Budget Committee chairman to lunch.
While Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was filibustering on the Senate floor last night, Obama hustled the senators over to the Jefferson Hotel for a three-hour, uber-private dinner.
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), John McCain (R-S.C.), Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) were at the dinner. Obama picked up the check.
The White House updated Obama’s schedule today to add a private lunch there with Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).
Chambliss and Toomey helped Paul with his filibuster before or after the dinner. Later on the floor, Johnson said the meeting was an “excellent dinner.”
“This evening at our meeting with the president, we had an opportunity to express our views on the challenging task of getting our nation’s fiscal house in order,” Hoeven said in a statement.
McCain and Coburn each flashed a thumb’s up to reporters staking out the hotel as they left.