Thursday, April 11, 2013

Obama hosts GOP senators for dinner on budget day

WASHINGTON (AP) ? President Barack Obama is hosting Republican senators at the White House, with the budget, guns and immigration up for dinner table debate.

Their dinner comes hours after Obama unveiled a $3.8 trillion budget proposal. His aides said other issues were up for discussion, including the gun bill up for debate Thursday.

Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson compiled the invitations to the White House's Old Family Dining Room, at Obama's request. Among those on the list are Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Arkansas' John Boozman, Maine's Susan Collins, Idaho's Mike Crapo, Wyoming's Michael Enzi, Nebraska's Deb Fischer, Utah's Orrin Hatch, Kansas' Pat Roberts, Florida's Marco Rubio, South Dakota's John Thune and Mississippi's Roger Wicker.

Obama had a similar dinner last month with other Republican senators at a hotel near the White House.


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