By Erik Wasson - 01/21/14 10:20 AM EST
House GOP delegation heads to Davos forum
A delegation of House Republicans is headed to the glamorous World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The annual meeting has become a major attraction for world leaders and economic decision-makers. This year, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is representing the Obama administration.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is leading the House group to the talk-fest, which begins Tuesday evening.
“I look forward to engaging in an exchange of ideas on areas of economic growth, opportunity, and competitiveness in order to help America’s working middle class families. The Forum also provides an excellent opportunity to meet with world leaders to discuss shared national security challenges and partnerships," Cantor said in a statement.
Making the trip are House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), the lead appropriators on foreign matters, and Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.).
A House Democratic source said there is no official delegation of Democrats to the meeting.
The campaign arm of the Democratic party attacked Cantor for making the trip.
“Eric Cantor could not have made the priorities of this Republican Congress any clearer if he had taken out a Super Bowl ad—while millions of Americans looking for work lose their unemployment insurance, Cantor will be spending their taxpayer dollars to jet Republicans to Davos, Switzerland to schmooze with the recipients of House Republicans’ tax breaks, the world’s wealthiest billionaires,” said Josh Schwerin of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) are scheduled to speak at the meeting, although the House members are not.