(CNN) – President Barack Obama hosted female U.S. senators at the White House on Tuesday night as he continued his personal outreach to push his second-term legislative agenda.
The session lasted just over two hours, according to starting and ending times provided by the White House. The group dined on Alaskan Halibut and peach pie.
"The President enjoyed continuing his discussion with the Senators about a wide range of items on the agenda, including working together to find common ground on budget issues and new initiatives to grow our economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class," a White House official said. "The President discussed our continued focus on passing commonsense immigration reform that will strengthen our national security and our economy. The group also discussed a number of other priorities, including passing measures to reduce gun violence and expanding educational opportunities for all our children.
"The President also reiterated his commitment to ensuring all resources remain available as a part of the ongoing investigation into the explosions in Boston last week and commended law enforcement efforts," the official continued.
Obama has made an effort in the first months of his second term to reach out to rank-and-file lawmakers. He’s held a series of dinners with House and Senate members from both parties.
Those asked to Tuesday’s dinner included key moderates, who will help determine the fate of key measures Obama is pushing. The lawmakers included Republican Susan Collins of Maine, and Democrats Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.
On one issue, gun control, Heitkamp voted against a measure backed by Obama – an ill-fated proposal to expand background checks on gun sales.
Landrieu, who had been on the fence on that proposal, voted in favor of it as did Collins. It fell short by eight votes.
Women make up one-fifth of the 100-member Senate. All 20 dined with Obama Tuesday.
They are: Gillibrand, Landrieu, Heitkamp, Collins; Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska; Dianne Feinstein, D-California; Barbara Boxer, D-California; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland; Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts; Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minnesota; Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri; Deb Fischer, R-Nebraska; Jeanne Shaheen, D-New Hampshire; Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire; Kay Hagen, D-North Carolina; Patty Murray, D-Washington; Maria Cantwell, D-Washington, and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin.
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