WASHINGTON – Republicans get together all the time on Capitol Hill, but this week, they’re taking their meeting place to one of the sweetest places on Earth.
Both House and Senate Republicans are meeting at their annual retreat where they discuss issues that affect each and every one of us – and set the agenda for their party in Congress.
Much of the retreat is reserved for closed-door meetings, but some of the most powerful lawmakers are addressing the crowd, explaining their strategy for the 114th Congress.
“We want House and Senate Republicans working together, working with our democrat colleagues to advance good solutions,” said Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH).
This is where the republican power players are getting to know each other better. They’re dressed down in pullover sweaters, some in jeans, but they’re still talking politics.
“It’s an opportunity for us to talk about the agenda,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “So for instance, right now, the House and Senate are talking about our agenda to increase jobs, help to expand exports, how to deal with the Keystone XL Pipeline, which many of us think is really important to get to help keep energy prices down. So it’s an opportunity for us to talk together about how to coordinate.”
Republicans have plans: repeal Obamacare, pass Immigration legislation, and reform the tax code. The republican agenda is sealed with a kiss and a message to the president.
“The only one of us out of 330 million who can sign something into law needs to be a part of the discussion and needs to agree to the outcome,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Congressional retreats aren’t just for Republicans; Democrats will be meeting in a couple of weeks in Philadelphia to work on their own agenda.