House GOP Retreat to Proceed as Planned

Posted January 11, 2011 at 11:25am

House Republicans plan to go ahead with their previously scheduled three-day retreat that begins in Baltimore on Thursday, Republican sources said Tuesday.

The decision comes even though Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) decided to postpone regular House business for at least a week in the wake of the assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

At the three-day getaway, Republicans are expected to focus attention on job creation, economic recovery and spending cuts.

Guest speakers will include GOP Govs. Haley Barbour (Miss.), Bob McDonnell (Va.) and Rick Perry (Texas), former Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.), former Sen. Phil Gramm (Texas), former Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, columnist George Will and radio host Dennis Prager.

The annual retreat is co-sponsored by the Congressional Institute.