President Obama To Host GOP Senators For Dinner

Source: Devin Dwyer, Sunlen Miller, John Parkinson / ABC News

As Washington gets socked by a snowstorm and sequester, President Obama begins a new strategy of personal outreach to congressional Republicans.

Tonight Obama will host a dinner party for a small group of 11 GOP senators, aides to several participants confirmed. Among the guests expected at the table are Sens. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire.

After a first term marred by gridlock with Republicans on core fiscal issues, the invite signals a new attempt to break the partisan impasse on taxes and spending cuts. The overture also suggests 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 tonight’s meal will take place at the Jefferson Hotel, just a few blocks from the White House, and will be closed to the press. The list of guests was compiled by Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina at Obama’s request, an official told ABC News.

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