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Analysis: Memo Mania Consumes Press Coverage of GOP Retreat
Looming government and funding deadlines also overshadow broader 2018 agenda plans

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conduct a news conference at the media center during the GOP retreat in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Anyone looking for news about the 2018 Republican agenda being shaped during a joint House and Senate GOP retreat here might struggle to find it. All reporters wanted to talk about Thursday was “the memo.” 

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a break from their Thursday agenda planning sessions on topics such as infrastructure, workforce development and government and budget process changes to answer questions from reporters. But none of the questions asked during their news conference were about those topics.