Sen. Wicker the driving force behind Senate meeting

Maybe the ice has finally thawed?

Just a few weeks after 98 senators gathered for an unprecedented meeting in the Old Senate Chamber to settle a long-simmering dispute about the rules of the U.S. Senate, all 100 senators are scheduled to meet again Thursday for what Democratic aides describe as a “bipartisan caucus meeting” and others are calling an informal luncheon.

Several senators of both parties requested the meeting, but much of the credit goes to Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.). The two are co-hosting the lunch along with Sens. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), and are inviting colleagues to come dine on food prepared by Barbeque One, of Marietta, Ga. — Isakson’s hometown.

Washington Post
8/1/13