McMorris Rodgers: “The House and Senate are the true think tanks of conservative policy, and this year the retreat is set up to foster that conversation.”
Republican Retreat Leadership Conference:
January 14, 2016
House Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
Senate Conference Chair John Thune (R-SD)
Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:
“It is great to be in Baltimore for our second straight joint retreat sponsored by the Congressional Institute. We are here to engage in a competition of ideas as we get to work laying out the important choice America has for its future.
“The American people heard one of those futures on Tuesday – President Obama’s top-down, government-knows-best legacy. It’s a legacy built on the status quo and closed to new opportunities.
“But with this President’s final State of the Union behind us, our responsibility as the Republican majorities in Congress is to lay out a different choice for the future. It’s a future driven by bold, conservative ideas that will open America up to a brighter future.
“A future built with solutions from the bottom up that trusts people to make their own decisions. A future where families, students, small businesses, and seniors have their power restored to pursue their own dreams.
“It’s a future where people aren’t limited where they finish because of where they start.
“The House and Senate are the true think tanks of conservative policy, and this year the retreat is set up to foster that conversation.
“Throughout the day today, Members will have the opportunity to participate in thought-provoking conversations on important policy areas to start building our agenda. Members will participate in sessions covering the economy; national security; health care; opportunity; and government reform.
“We aren’t crafting specific policies or deciding when we vote, but having a competition of ideas.
“Now is the time to think big – to unify around a common vision for America and to challenge each other with the best ideas to carry forward into this year and the next administration.”