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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 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. 

“We’ll be announcing where very soon,” Clark said. 

Democrats will continue their tradition of holding the retreat at a location in close proximity to Washington, Jeffries said. Lawmakers are typically bused to their annual party retreats from the Capitol after a shortened vote schedule for the weeks in which they’re held. 

The listening sessions will give House Democrats an opportunity to voice “who’d they’d like to hear from and perhaps more importantly, what are the issues they’d like to tackle,” Jeffries said.  

House Republicans will hold their retreat two weeks before Democrats, Jan. 30 to Feb. 1, at The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. 

Republicans in both chambers held a joint retreat at The Greenbrier in 2018, but Senate Republicans are planning a separate gathering  this year since they are plotting a majority agenda and the House GOP is operating a minority playbook.

Last year’s Republican retreat got off to a rough but unifying start after the train transporting many lawmakers and their staff to Sulphur Springs was in an accident with truck in which one person in the vehicle died.

GOP aides have said the train is not being considered as an option for this year’s transportation.

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