01/25/17  The hill



House and Senate Republicans gathering Wednesday in Philadelphia for their three-day issues retreat will get a pep talk from NFL great Peyton Manning, hear from British Prime Minister Theresa May, and jam to music from ‘90s band White Ford Bronco.

But the main attraction will be Donald Trump.

The newly sworn-in president is slated to address lawmakers during lunch Thursday as Republicans — now in full control of government — try to plot out their 2017 legislative agenda on such issues as ObamaCare, tax reform, border security and infrastructure.

Vice President Mike Pence will also be on hand at Loews Hotel in downtown Philly, according to an internal schedule of events obtained by The Hill. Pence, who spent a dozen years in the House, will be interviewed by author and motivational speaker Simon Sinek during a dinner event on Wednesday night; he’ll also huddle with lawmakers again Thursday after Trump speaks.

Prime Minister May will follow Pence that afternoon.

According to the schedule, both House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will kick off the “Congress of Tomorrow” retreat Wednesday by laying out their 200-day legislative agenda to rank-and-file members.

While GOP senators meet that afternoon, House members will hear from polling firm The Winston Group on “What Working and Middle Income People Want from their Government.” Pollster Frank Luntz will host a «fireside chat» Wednesday night.

Lawmakers also will have an opportunity to attend several bicameral workshops. They include one on tax reform hosted by Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch(R-Utah). Others focused on the military and healthcare are titled “Keeping America Strong” and “Keeping Our Promise on Health Care.”

At a dinner Thursday night, lawmakers will hear from Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning and new Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, who is Mitt Romney’s niece.

After dinner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) will host a “celebration” featuring White Ford Bronco.

Just six months ago, there was a very different type of political gathering in the “City of Brotherly Love”: Democrats picked their 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.



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