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Who we know is going to Trump's health care dinner

Posted July 17

President Donald Trump will host a dinner at the White House on Monday night with Republican senators for a discussion on the health care bill, which has been delayed while Sen. John McCain recovers this week from a surgery.

So far CNN has confirmed that at least six GOP senators will be at the dinner:

Lamar Alexander of TennesseeJames Lankford of OklahomaJohn Thune of South DakotaRoy Blunt of MissouriSteve Daines of MontanaJohn Cornyn of TexasRichard Shelby of Alabama

White House press secretary Sean Spicer said during Monday's press briefing that the President "is going to continue to meet with senators," noting he would have some over Monday night.

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In tweets and in phone calls, the President has been lobbying senators to support the bill. In a speech on Monday, Trump wished Republican Sen. John McCain a speedy recovery from surgery to remove a blood clot, adding, "we need his vote."

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday night that GOP leaders plan to "defer" consideration of the health care bill, which was expected to take center stage this week, while McCain recovers. Two Republican senators have already come out against the bill, which means all 50 remaining GOP senators must support the legislation for it to pass.

According to CNN's whip list, there are still more than a dozen GOP members undecided on whether they will vote to advance the bill, though the senators dining with Trump Monday evening are among those considered "yes," "leaning yes" or appearing supportive of advancing the Senate's current legislation.


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