“We did not resolve an issue to make a report on, but we had a meaningful meeting that should lead to other meetings,” Isakson said.
A White House official said, “The President thanked Sen. Iskason for bringing the group together and was pleased to host the senators for dinner tonight and looks forward to continuing bipartisan conversations in the weeks and months ahead.”
Among the guests were Florida’s Marco Rubio, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, Susan Collins of Maine and John Thune of South Dakota.
Wednesday was the second time Obama dined with Senate Republicans in recent weeks; Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss was among the group at the Jefferson Hotel last month. Obama has stepped up his outreach to Congress early in his second term, including visits to the Capitol to meet with all the Republicans and Democrats from the House and Senate.