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WASHINGTON--President Barack Obama hosted all the females in the Senate--who number only 20--to a White House dinner Tuesday night, discussing the budget, immigration and other issues over Alaskan halibut and peach pie.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) who suggested to Obama he dine with the women--who get together on a regular basis--after the dinner thanked Obama for having them over in a tweet where she added they "had a great discussion."

A White House Official said after the dinner, lasting about two hours, "Tonight, the President met with the bipartisan group of women Senators at the White House for dinner. The President enjoyed continuing his discussion with the Senators about a wide range of items on the agenda, including working together to find common ground on budget issues and new initiatives to grow our economy, create jobs, and strengthen the middle class. The President discussed our continued focus on passing commonsense immigration reform that will strengthen our national security and our economy.

"The group also discussed a number of other priorities, including passing measures to reduce gun violence and expanding educational opportunities for all our children. The President also reiterated his commitment to ensuring all resources remain available as a part of the ongoing investigation into the explosions in Boston last week and commended law enforcement efforts."

The 20 female senators -- 16 Democrats, four Republicans are:

* Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-AK
* Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-MD
* Senator Patty Murray, D-WA
* Senator Kelly Ayotte, R-NH
* Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-WI
* Senator Barbara Boxer, D-CA
* Senator Maria Cantwell, D-WA
* Senator Susan Collins, R-ME
* Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-CA
* Senator Deb Fischer, R-NE
* Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY
* Senator Kay Hagan, D-NC
* Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-ND
* Senator Mazie Hirono, D-HI
* Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-MN
* Senator Mary Landrieu, D-LA
* Senator Claire McCaskill, D-MO
* Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-MI
* Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH
* Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA

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