Philadelphia – It’s not just cheesesteaks and American history. Chilly Philadelphia is the place where House Democrats are getting heated. Democrats are in Philadelphia for a three-day retreat to talk strategy and policy for the coming year. The president and vice president will also be joining lawmakers during their retreat.
“We will clearly have our own agenda so people know what difference the Democratic house will make on their lives,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
House Democratic lawmakers are gathering at the Sheraton Society Hill hotel in the home of Democracy, just blocks from the Liberty Bell.
“We as Democrats are going to have to develop and express to the American people that we have confidence in the policies that we advocate and stand for and that all the polling information says voters agree with,” House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn told our Washington Bureau.
Midterm election losses pushed the Democratic Party into the smallest House minority in nearly a century. As lawmakers work to overcome that, the theme for their retreat is “Grow America’s economy, grow American paychecks.”
“America is a great country because we have had a broad middle class we are a consumer driven economy which means that workers needs to have money in their pocket so that they can provide for themselves and their families,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.
Philadelphia is still competing with Columbus and Brooklyn as one of the cities that could host the Democratic Convention in 2016 so it’s appropriate that this is where Democrats are setting their agenda. But right now, their biggest challenge will be returning from the “city of brotherly love” to a Congress controlled by Republicans.