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Republicans Schedule Next Year's Retreat at the Greenbrier

From left, House Majority Whip, Steve Scalise, R-La., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, sit on stage while waiting for President Donald Trump to address the GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. House and Senate Republicans are holding their retreat next year Jan. 31-Feb. 2 at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Congressional Republicans’ annual retreat will be held Jan. 31 through Feb. 2 at the Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, according to a GOP aide.

The retreat, which is hosted by the Congressional Institute, is an opportunity for GOP lawmakers to plan out their legislative agenda for the year.

Of note: the luxury property Greenbrier is owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a Republican who ran as a Democrat for governor in 2016 then switched back to the Republican Party after being elected. The billionaire has drawn comparisons to President Donald Trump, who welcomed the news of Justice’s return to the GOP earlier this year. 

Republicans have already hinted at ambitious plans for 2018, despite it being a midterm election year. Congress does not typically pass major legislation during election years.

At the 2017 retreat in Philadelphia, Republicans announced an agenda to repeal and replace the health care law by spring and to rewrite the tax code by August. They failed to do the former and are still working on the latter.

Republicans are expected to discuss a possible second crack at the health care overhaul while also crystallizing plans to rework welfare programs while they still control both chambers of Congress and the White House. President Donald Trump has also discussed wanting to move an infrastructure funding package in 2018.

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