President Trump plans to host a group of Republican senators at the White House on Monday night as he seeks to persuade them to back the Senate’s new healthcare bill.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced the meeting but declined to provide a list of senators expected to attend.
Later in the evening, a White House official said the following GOP senators were attending: No. 2 Senate Republican John CornynJohn CornynTrump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House After delay, Senate Republicans struggle not to let healthcare stall Senate majority whip: Healthcare debate will be ‘open process’ MORE (Texas), Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderOvernight Healthcare: Trump to pressure GOP senators on healthcare at White House Trump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House Senate Dems: Use ObamaCare repeal delay to hold public hearings MORE (Tenn.), Roy BluntRoy BluntTrump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material GOP tensions rise over Cruz proposal MORE (Mo.), Steve Daines (Mont.), James Lankford (Okla.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and John ThuneJohn ThuneTrump to press GOP senators on healthcare at White House Koch-backed group: Congress shouldn’t propose new foreign tax Senate GOP may not use CBO to score Cruz amendment MORE (S.D.).
Senate leaders face a tough task in generating momentum for their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
The Arizona Republican will be out of pocket this week as he recovers from surgery. He hopes to return next week, though that is not guaranteed.
Nonetheless, Spicer voiced optimism that the Senate will pass the bill repealing and replacing ObamaCare.
“We have every confidence in the majority leader’s ability to get this done,” Spicer said.