House conservatives reach out to K Street

Reps. Tim Griffin (Ark.), Diane Black (Tenn.), Mick Mulvaney (S.C.) and Cory Gardner (Colo.), Raul Labrador (Idaho) Steve Southerland (Fla.) and Bill Flores (Texas) also were at the meeting.

Several attendees said they were frustrated the lawmakers did not address what they described as “the elephant in the room” on what they learned from the shutdown and whether they planned to force a similar standoff early next year when stop-gap government funding and the debt ceiling will be voted on again.

“Nobody asked what everyone wanted to ask them,” said one attendee.

“I think they felt the need for some outreach to the Washington echo chamber, but I don’t think they answered the big question on the mind of everybody. The shutdown was not brought up or referred to,” said one lobbyist in the meeting. “I would have thought maybe they would feel the need to talk about what was accomplished, how to move forward.”