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If you want to get to the GOP retreat, you have to get through Kathryn Lyons first
The road to Baltimore goes through Heard on the Hill

Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole shows off his reading materials for Thursday’s bus ride to the House Republicans’ retreat in Baltimore. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

McCarthy: Addressing debt would be Republicans’ top priority if they take back House
Environment, technology and privacy rights would also top agenda, McCarthy says

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is promising action on the national debt if Republicans retake the chamber next year. (Caroline Brehman/CQ Roll Call)

BALTIMORE — As House Republicans kicked off a 48-hour retreat here Thursday afternoon to plot their path back to the majority, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters the GOP’s top priority if it retakes the chamber in 2020 would be to address the national debt.

“First thing we would do is make sure our debt is taken care of,” the California Republican said. “This is continuing to grow.”

Democrats’ retreat: where John Legend and Jerome Powell converge
House Democrats tap celebrities, journalists, academics, union leaders for Leesburg, Virginia, next week

John Legend, left, pictured with will.i.am singing his song “Yes We Can” during the 2008 Democratic National Convention, will speak to House Democrats at their annual retreat next week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats on Tuesday announced a lineup of speakers for their retreat in Leesburg, Virginia, next week that includes celebrities, journalists, academics and union leaders, but is light on politicians.

In past years, Democrats have had big names in politics headline their retreats. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the retreat multiple times when they were in office, and Biden addressed the caucus again last year to help Democrats hone their economic messaging ahead of the 2018 midterms.

House Democrats to hold listening sessions to plan agenda for mid-February retreat
Location for annual caucus retreat still being finalized but dates set for Feb. 13-15

House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., said the caucus will soon start holding listening sessions to plan an agenda for its annual retreat in mid-February. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Democrats will soon start holding listening sessions to plan the agenda for their annual caucus retreat next month, their first in the majority since 2010, Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries told Roll Call. 

Jeffries of New York and Caucus Vice Chairwoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts both said the retreat is scheduled for Feb. 13-15 but they have yet to finalize the location. 

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GOP Unity Goals Tested as Trump Arrives at Retreat
President moves on immigration actions, while lawmakers focus elsewhere

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s press briefing plays on C-SPAN as House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Senate Republican Conference Chairman John Thune walk off stage at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — President Donald Trump is headed to the joint Republican retreat Thursday, where he will try to bridge the divide between the White House and the GOP-controlled Congress. But if Day One of the gathering was any indication, reaching consensus on some issues will be not be easy. 

Take immigration, an issue that has dogged Congress for years, and one that became central to Trump’s campaign. The president moved forward Wednesday with executive orders regarding immigration. But at the GOP retreat, addressing immigration issues was not a top priority, particularly compared to health care, taxes and even passing appropriations bills.

House, Senate Republicans Schedule Joint Retreat
The GOP majorities will meet in Philadelphia

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., will lead Republicans on a joint retreat Jan. 25 to 27 in Philadelphia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House and Senate Republicans will hold a joint retreat from January 25 to 27 in Philadelphia to discuss priorities for the 115th Congress. 

The caucuses hold annual retreats to sort out their affairs. Republicans have opted for bicameral gatherings the past two years that the GOP has held a majority in the Senate. This year's gather will come days after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in.