Sen. Rob Portman met with President Donald Trump Wednesday as part of an apparent effort by the White House and Senate Republicans to provide a jolt of energy to their stalled agenda on Capitol Hill.
In a statement, Portman, R-Ohio, would only say that he and Trump “had a good conversation about a range of issues,” including overhauling the federal tax code, curbing the addiction to opioids and “my bipartisan bill to stop online sex trafficking.”
“It was a constructive meeting,” said Portman who added Trump invited him to the Oval Office.
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President Trump on Wednesday endorsed a new bill in the Senate aimed at slashing legal immigration levels in half over a decade, a potentially profound change to policies that have been in place for more than half a century.
Trump appeared with Republican Sens. Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.) at the White House to unveil a modified version of a bill the senators first introduced in February to create a “merit-based” immigration system that would put a greater emphasis on the job skills of foreigners over their ties to family in the United States.
The legislation seeks to reduce the annual distribution of green cards awarding permanent legal residence to just over 500,000 from more than 1 million. Trump promised on the campaign trail to take a harder line on immigration, arguing that the growth in new arrivals had harmed job opportunities for American workers.
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10:30 am: Receives his Daily Intelligence briefing
11:30 am: Makes an announcement with Senator Tom Cotton and Senator David Perdue; Roosevelt Room
2:00 pm: Meets with Sen. Rob Portman