(AL.com) — Alabama Senator Doug Jones and West Virginia's Joe Manchin - both considered party centrists - met with President Donald Trump to discuss immigration just as the Senate was voting to re-open the government, according to multiple media reports.
The two Democrats, both of whom voted with Republicans in earlier efforts to end the Senate stalemate, met with the president at the White House. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the discussions to The Hill but would not provide details.
In a tweet, Machin referenced the coalition of Senators - part of Maine Senator Susan Collins' Common Sense Coalition - that hammered out the agreement. Jones is pictured with the Senators in a press conference discussing the deal.
Today, we saw the power of the center in the U.S. Senate. @Sen_JoeManchin and I worked very hard in leading the effort of the Common Sense Coalition—a group of 25 Republicans, Democrats, and an Independent—who proposed the compromise that ended the government shutdown. pic.twitter.com/sSq7YWHKn1— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) January 22, 2018