Miami Rep. Carlos Curbelo met last week with a White House aide who tried to smooth things over after Curbelo was snubbed from flying on Air Force One with President Obama last month.
Curbelo had asked to fly with Obama to a town hall-style event on immigration held Feb. 25 at Florida International University, which is in Curbelo's Westchester-to-Key West district. He was told there was no room on the plane, though White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest later said he didn't know why Curbelo had been turned down.
The snub didn't sit well with Curbelo, a moderate Republican in his first term who could potentially find common ground with the president on immigration, transportation and free trade (though Curbelo disagrees with Obama on U.S.-Cuba policy, for example). White House office liaison Don Sisson reached out to Curbelo two days after the incident to set up a meeting.
Curbelo said Wednesday he appreciated the outreach.
"While my disagreements with this White House are vast and sharp, I owe it to the people of South Florida to seek ways in which we can work together to improve the quality of life for my community and strengthen the nation," he said in a statement to the Miami Herald. "Government dysfunction and gridlock is not working for the American people."