Another day of meetings between President Donald Trump and members of Congress seeking to build support for a border wall as part of efforts to fund the government and end the partial government shutdown has led to another Central Florida member sending his regrets.

The White House noted Wednesday morning that Trump plans to meet with members of the congressional Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group that includes U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park and Darren Soto of Kissimmee.

Wednesday Soto said no, while Murphy’s office indicated she wasn’t invited this time.

Murphy, who emerged as one of the leaders of the caucus when it battled with now-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over rules in November, had been invited to a meeting Tuesday in the White House but said no to that meeting, citing a scheduling conflict.

Soto isn’t bothering to cite a scheduling conflict.

The meeting is set for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the White House. There was no clear indication early Wednesday morning about who was invited and who would attend.

“I stand in solidarity with my House colleagues to pass budgets without an ineffective border wall and reopen government immediately,” Soto said in a statement to Florida Politics Wednesday morning.

Problem Solvers a group of moderate members of Congress who commit to bipartisan efforts, typically keeps its membership evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.

2 Responses

  1. Alan kornman

    Rep. Murphy represents everyone in her district including republicans.

    Her refusing to meet with the President of the United States when asked is not fulfilling her role in our representative republic displaying much hubris.

    Such disrespectful behavior by rep. Murphy is not helpful or behaving in a mature and bipartisan manner.

  2. Barry Bohlander

    I am very disappointed with Rep Soto’s failure to attend does not represent a bipartisan attitude . I don’t believe many of his republican constituents feel that a wall is ineffective as he says. Perhaps he should re-evaluate his stance with Speaker Pelosi. I believe a “wall” includes many things requested by DHS. Open borders in my option are unacceptable and unsustainable to the nation.


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