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House GOP news: Retreat location and Johnson’s border trip

News: House Republicans are planning to hold their annual legislative retreat at the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

In recent years, Republicans have held their retreats in Florida, in both Orlando and Ponte Vedra Beach.

But Speaker Mike Johnson’s team wanted the retreat to be held closer to Washington this year, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning process.

The House GOP retreat is scheduled to be March 13-15.

The Greenbrier, which bills itself as “America’s resort,” is owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, likely the next Republican senator from the Mountain State.

House Republicans held their 2018 retreat at the Greenbrier. It was quite eventful. A chartered train carrying lawmakers to the resort struck a garbage truck and killed a man on the way to the weekend. Then Speaker Paul Ryan was evacuated from the train and brought to the Greenbrier by motorcade.

The Greenbrier is also the home of the Cold War-era bunker designed to house Congress in the case of a nuclear attack.

Also news: Johnson is planning a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in January, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning.

Of course, Congress is likely to be wrestling with changes to border policy in January as part of its quest to approve a foreign aid package.

– Jake Sherman

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