Vice President Kamala Harris has invited 24 female senators to dinner next Tuesday to show bipartisanship within a divided congress.
If everyone attends, the mix would consist of 16 Democrats and 8 Republicans.
This will be the first known time that the former California Senator hosts lawmakers in the Naval Observatory since moving there in April.
There are hopes that this dinner will rekindle a sisterhood that has been long lost. “The sisterhood has certainly faded,” a source told Politico.
These dinners were started by Senators Barbara Mikulski and Kay Bailey Hutchison but then practically ended in 2017 after Mikulski retired.
The dinners are also difficult to plan because the number of women attending keeps increasing. When they were first started in the nineties, there weren’t as many women, but now women make up a quarter of the Senate, making it more difficult to organize.
The dinner would come in the midst of ongoing negotiations over President Biden’s infrastructure proposal.
On Thursday, a group of ten Senators – 5 Republicans and 5 Democrats – announced an agreement on a “compromise framework” to invest $1.2 trillion in infrastructure over the next eight years.
“Our group — comprised of 10 senators, five from each party — has worked in good faith and reached a bipartisan agreement on a realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies,” members of the bipartisan group said in a joint statement.
“This investment would be fully paid for and not include tax increases,” they added.
No specific details were released, and the White House has not signaled support for the proposal yet.
This dinner will provide an opportunity to talk about the bipartisan infrastructure proposal in a more casual environment.
This also gives a chance for the conversation to stay on the table while Biden is on his first international trip of his Presidency to Europe.