Phillips, Problem Solvers Caucus Meet with White House on Bipartisanship, Mental Health, Infrastructure

April 14, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dean Phillips (MN-03) and the Problem Solvers Caucus leadership team met with senior White House officials to have a constructive, bipartisan conversation about pressing issues facing our country — from infrastructure to immigration to mental health.

"We had a productive meeting today at the White House to discuss how the Problem Solvers Caucus can help restore bipartisan cooperation and faith in government. We discussed infrastructure, immigration, police reform, and crucial mental health investments. A promising beginning," said Phillips. 

Senior White House officials extended the invitation after the Problem Solvers Caucus sent a letter  outlining a bipartisan policy agenda for the 117th Congress aimed at finding common ground and tackling our nation’s most urgent problems, including infrastructure.

Earlier today, Rep. Phillips testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where he highlighted research showing that Minnesota is one of just eight states to pay more in federal taxes than it receives back in federal investment. In 2019, that amounted to Minnesotans sending an extra $1.8 billion more to Washington, even though the state’s roads, schools and broadband infrastructure require urgent investment.

Reported Attendees at the White House Meeting

From the White House:

  • Chief of Staff Ron Klain
  • Counselor Steve Richetti

From the Problem Solvers Caucus: 

  • Co-Chair Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ)
  • Co-Chair Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
  • Vice Chair Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN)
  • Vice Chair Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)
  • Vice Chair Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA)
  • Vice Chair Dusty Johnson (R-SD)
  • Vice Chair Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-NY)
  • Vice Chair Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA)