GOP lawmakers set for packed schedule at Philly retreat

GOP lawmakers set for packed schedule at Philly retreat
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House and Senate Republicans gathering Wednesday in Philadelphia for their three-day issues retreat will get a pep talk from NFL great Peyton Manning, hear from British Prime Minister Theresa May, and jam to music from White Ford Bronco.

But the main attraction will be President Trump.

The newly sworn-in president is slated to address lawmakers during lunch Thursday as Republicans — now in full control of government — try to plot out their 2017 legislative agenda on such issues as ObamaCare, tax reform, border security and infrastructure.


Vice President Pence will also be on hand at Loews Hotel in downtown Philadelphia, according to an internal schedule of events obtained by The Hill. Pence, who spent a dozen years in the House, will be interviewed by author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek during a dinner event on Wednesday night; he’ll also huddle with lawmakers again Thursday after Trump speaks.

May will follow Pence that afternoon.

According to the schedule, both Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanZaid Jilani: Paul Ryan worried about culture war distracting from issues 'that really concern him' The Memo: Marjorie Taylor Greene exposes GOP establishment's lack of power The Hill's 12:30 Report - Senators back in session after late-night hold-up MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBipartisan infrastructure deal takes fire from left and right Jayapal to Dems: Ditch bipartisanship, go it alone on infrastructure The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Biden's European trip MORE (R-Ky.) will kick off the “Congress of Tomorrow” retreat Wednesday by laying out their 200-day legislative agenda to rank-and-file members.

While GOP senators meet that afternoon, House members will hear from polling firm The Winston Group on “What Working and Middle Income People Want from their Government.” Pollster Frank Luntz will host a "fireside chat" Wednesday night.

Lawmakers also will have an opportunity to attend several bicameral workshops. They include one on tax reform hosted by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyOn The Money: House Democrats line up .5T in spending without budget | GOP takes aim at IRS | House Democrat mulls wealth tax Republicans open new line of attack on IRS To address labor shortages, Congress should try a return-to-work bonus MORE (R-Texas) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDrug prices are declining amid inflation fears The national action imperative to achieve 30 by 30 Financial market transactions should not be taxed or restricted MORE (R-Utah). Others focused on the military and healthcare are titled “Keeping America Strong” and “Keeping Our Promise on Health Care.”


At a dinner Thursday night, lawmakers will hear from Manning and new Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s niece.

After dinner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will host a “celebration” featuring White Ford Bronco.

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