Washington, Mar 7: President Barack Obama has begun a new strategy of personal outreach to congressional Republicans, as Washington is gripped in a political gridlock.
Obama will be hosting a dinner party for a small group of 11 GOP senators, aides to several participants confirmed.
The guests expected to attend the dinner are Senators Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, ABC News reports.
After a first term marred by gridlock with Republicans on important fiscal issues, the invite signals a new attempt to break the partisan impasse on taxes and spending cuts.
The move also suggests that Obama wants to salvage prospects for his other top agenda items, including an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and a compromise on gun control.
Administration officials said that the dinner will take place at the Jefferson Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, and will be closed to the press.
According to the report, the outreach marks a new approach for Obama, who spent little time directly engaging with congressional Republicans during the election campaign season or during ensuing debates over the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ and automatic spending cuts, known as sequester. (ANI)