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 LewOne year later, the Iran nuclear deal is a success by any measure Chinese President Xi says a trade war hurts the US and China Overnight Finance: Price puts stock trading law in spotlight | Lingering questions on Trump biz plan | Sanders, Education pick tangle over college costs MORE is representing the Obama administration.
House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote 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 McCainFather of slain Navy SEAL wants investigation A stronger NATO for a safer world Drug importation won't save dollars or lives MORE (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahyDem senator asks for 'top to bottom' review of Syria policy A guide to the committees: Senate Verizon angling to lower price of Yahoo purchase: report MORE (D-Vt.) are scheduled to speak at the meeting, although the House members are not.