Obama to meet with Republican senators over budget
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Barack Obama plans to meet with several Republican senators for dinner on Wednesday as part of his effort to revive talks to tackle the nation's long-term deficit, a congressional aide confirmed.
The dinner is part of Obama's outreach effort as he attempts to cobble together what he calls a "common sense caucus" among lawmakers to help resolve US budget woes and push his legislative agenda.
The New York Times, which first reported the dinner, also said the president plans to make a rare visit to Congress next week for separate meetings with Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and House of Representatives, citing unidentified sources.
It was not clear when Wednesday's meeting, which has not been confirmed by the White House, would take place as Washington braced for heavy snowfall that has already forced a federal government shutdown. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had no further details.