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Vice President Kamala Harris hosts dinner for all female senators in ‘evening of relationship building’

Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a private dinner for the 24 women – sixteen Democrats and eight Republicans – in the United States Senate the evening of June 15th at her residence at the Naval Observatory.

All but three of the senators attended. According to ABC News, the attendants were required to test negative for COVID-19. The bipartisan dinner is the first of its kind for the vice president since taking office in January. According to the Hill, Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) were unable to attend. Although dinners similar to these were once commonplace, they became less frequent in 2017 after Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-Texas) retired from the senate. [Huff Post]

Lisa Murkowksi, a Rebulican senator of Alaska, took to twitter posting multiple photos with the caption “Continuing out tradition of having a bipartisan, women Senators’ dinner. Thanks to the Vice President for hosting tonight.” Another Senator, Debbie Stabenow a Democrat out of Michigan noted on twitter that Vice President Harris served cheese puffs she made herself.

Politico also reports that the women were served summer garden salad with hearts of palm, avocado and grape tomatoes, and roasted mahi-mahi with ginger-cilantro basmati rice and grilled vegetables. Although there had been rumors of possible policy discussion at the event, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) appeared on Fox News and dismissed such claims. [New York Post]

This news comes after Harris’ exchange on an interview in Guatemala with NBC News’ Lester Holt. “At some point, you know, we are going to the border,” she told Holt in the interview. “We’ve been to the border. So this whole thing about the border, we’ve been to the border,” Harris said. Holt replied, “You haven’t been to the border.” Harris responded: “And I haven’t been to Europe. And I mean, I don’t understand the point that you’re making. I’m not discounting the importance of the border.” [NBC]

ARTICLE: JADE SMITH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: CNN

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