Mar 12, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Fewer than 100 House Republicans expected to attend GOP retreat

 The front facade of the hotel at the Greenbrier Resort

The front facade of the hotel at the Greenbrier Resort. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

The House GOP is in turmoil ahead of its policy retreat in West Virginia on Wednesday, with attendance expected to be sparse and a keynote speaker dropping out.

Why it matters: Fewer than 100 GOP lawmakers are expected to be in attendance at the three-day event, which is aimed at unifying the conference and crafting policy goals outside of the Capitol grounds.

Zoom in: The issues conference will be hosted at the Greenbriar Resort in West Virginia after being held at locations in Florida for several years.

  • Members who are skipping cited grievances ranging from the location to a lack of advance information on logistics.
  • Fox Business host Larry Kudlow, who was slated to speak at the event, also cancelled at the 11th hour — dealing a blow to the agenda.

The intrigue: One GOP member argued that moving their conference discussions from the Capitol to a resort with alcohol could exacerbate infighting between members.

  • "I'd rather sit down with Hannibal Lecter and eat my own liver," the source said.

The other side: While the event may have fewer members than in previous years, members attending are hopeful there will be substantive policy discussions and face-time with leadership.

Speakers include:

  • Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America president Marjorie Dannenfelser
  • March for Life president Jeanne Mancini
  • Israel's Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog
  • Former Defense Secretary Chris Miller
  • Former Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas)
  • Former Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.)
  • Conservative author Os Guinness.
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