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 LewJack Lew3 unconventional ways Trump can tackle the national debt One year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure Chinese President Xi says a trade war hurts the US and China MORE is representing the Obama administration.
House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorDemocrats step up calls that Russian hack was act of war Paul replaces Cruz as GOP agitator GOP shifting on immigration MORE (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 GrangerKay GrangerA guide to the committees: House Obama released 1M to Palestinians in final hours GOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket MORE (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 McCainJohn McCainCheney: Russian election interference could be ‘act of war’ Grassley wants details on firm tied to controversial Trump dossier Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenators call for pay equity for US women's hockey team Dems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee Dem senator 'not inclined to filibuster' Gorsuch MORE (D-Vt.) are scheduled to speak at the meeting, although the House members are not.