Trump Hosts Bipartisan Dinner with Senators to Discuss Tax Reform

By Melanie Arter | September 12, 2017 | 5:25 PM EDT

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot of C-SPAN video)

( - The White House announced Tuesday that President Donald Trump plans to host a bipartisan dinner tonight to discuss tax reform with three Democratic senators - Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) - as well as three Republicans senators - Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and John Thune (R-S.D.).

As previously reported, the president brought Heitkamp on with him during his speech on tax reform last week in Bismarck.


White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president “wants to continue building unity by working on more issues supported by both parties, especially restoring fairness to our broken tax code and cutting taxes for hardworking Americans.”

“Last week in North Dakota, he invited Democratic senator Heidi Heitkamp up on stage to welcome her during his tax reform event in her home state. Tonight, he’ll host Senator Heitkamp along with colleagues of hers from both parties - Senators Donnelly, Hatch, Manchin, Thune, and Toomey - for a dinner at the White House to discuss working together to achieve real tax reform that allows Americans to keep more of their hard-earned dollars,” she said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and National Economic Director Gary Cohn were on Capitol Hill Tuesday afternoon “to continue their conversations with key members in this important policy push,” Sanders said. “The vice president also attended Senate Republicans Legislative Policy lunch today and is meeting with House leaders on the upcoming legislative agenda.

“On issues ranging from national security to hurricane relief to keeping our government functioning, the president is reaching across the aisle and to cut deals that help the American people. The president truly believes as he often says that in order to succeed and grow, we must work as one team, one people, and one American family,” Sanders said.

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