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2018 Republican Agenda Not What Lawmakers Envisioned
Plan for the year ahead coming out of GOP retreat is leaner than Republicans had hoped

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrive for a news conference at the media center during the House and Senate Republican retreat at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The 2018 Republican legislative agenda is on a diet.

As House and Senate GOP lawmakers huddled at a West Virginia resort Wednesday through Friday for their annual retreat, they discussed a handful of legislative items they would like to tackle this year, including defense, infrastructure, workforce development and the budget process.

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Schumer and Pelosi Prebuttal to Trump: We Disagree
Democratic leaders see no signs they can work with Republicans

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer speak at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday. NPC President Jeff Ballou appears at left. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congress’ top two Democrats on Monday delivered their “prebuttal” to President Donald Trump’s upcoming first address to Congress, outlining reason after reason why Democrats cannot support anything they expect the president to propose. 

Speaking at the National Press Club, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Republicans’ early actions and rhetoric on health care, immigration, budget and taxes are out of step with the Democrats’ priorities and suggested there’s no room for the parties to work together.

Ryan Lays Out Ambitious 200-Day Congressional Agenda
Health care and tax overhauls slated to be done by August per GOP plan

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., does a television interview at the GOP retreat in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. House and Senate Republicans are holding their retreat through Friday in Philadelphia, with a visit from President Donald Trump expected Thursday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

PHILADELPHIA — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is laying out an aggressive 200-day agenda that will have Congress rolling back regulations, repealing and replacing the 2010 health care law, funding a border wall, rewriting the tax code, expanding the veterans’ choice program, advancing an infrastructure package and avoiding a debt default — all before the August recess. 

“It’s the president and his administration working hand and glove with the speaker and the majority leader,” New York Rep. Chris Collins told reporters after Ryan’s presentation at the start of the GOP retreat here on Wednesday. “It’s going to be hard. We’re going to be doing controversial things. The speaker’s message was, ‘None of this is going to be easy, and we’re going to be attacked by somebody regardless of what we do, so let’s buckle our seat belts and understand we have an obligation here.’”

Lawmakers Push to Include Digital in Infrastructure Plans
We need firewalls, not physical walls, says Rep. Ted Lieu

California Rep. Ted Lieu said the country is better protected by firewalls than the physical wall President-elect Donald Trump has proposed. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As rebuilding the country’s infrastructure looks to be an area President-elect Donald Trump and Democrats can agree on, lawmakers from both parties are trying to make sure the conversation includes digital infrastructure. 

California Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said digital infrastructure is as vital to the country as roads and bridges.

Ryan Says He and Trump Have Not Discussed Cutting Medicare
Speaker talks about how he and Trump decided to ’let bygones be bygones’

Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, says overhauling Medicare is not Congress’ top priority after President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office and that they haven’t even discussed it. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Since the election, Democrats have rung constant alarms about Republican designs on cutting Medicare. But Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Sunday that’s an option he hasn’t even discussed with President-elect Donald J. Trump.

In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Ryan said he wants to overhaul Medicare so that benefits will remain for future generations. But overhauling the big entitlement program is not at the top of the legislative agenda, Ryan said.

Trump Eyes a Bipartisan Idea to Pay for Rebuilt Roads, Bridges
Republicans and Democrats have pitched a national infrastructure bank

Workers oversee heavy machinery in April as they move earth on the National Mall near 7th St. Northwest. President-elect Donald Trump wants to rebuild the country’s infrastructure. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team are mulling ways to finance a massive infrastructure-rebuilding project, floating an idea championed by some Democrats as one option to get a legislative package to his desk.

During their bitter presidential campaign, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had championed an infrastructure investment bank while Trump proposed paying for projects by “repatriating” profits U.S. corporations held overseas with a one-time 10 percent tax.

Trump Pledges to Make America Safe
He accepts GOP nomination for president and promises a law-and-order administration

Presidential candidate Donald Trump, conducts a walk-through of the stage at the Quicken Loans Arena. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Donald Trump “humbly and gratefully” accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, pledging at the GOP convention to be a chief executive who puts America first by being tough on crime, immigration and terrorism.  

"Together we will lead our party back to the White House and lead our country back to safety and prosperity and peace," he said. "We will be a country of generosity and warmth, and also be a country of law and order."  

Obama on Trump's Bid: 'This Is Not a Reality Show'
President calls for more scrutiny of presumptive GOP nominee's proposals

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the U.S economy and presidential race from the briefing room of the White House on Friday. ( Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Friday urged voters to judge Republican Donald Trump’s candidacy not as “entertainment” but by asking themselves whether his proposals and pronouncements are plausible and detailed.  

With Trump’s opponents having bowed out of the race for the GOP nomination, Obama seemed to open what could be a six-month conversation with voters by reminding them that “this is not entertainment, this is not a reality show.”  

Obama Gets Earful in Flint
President visits city rocked by tainted water crisis, hears complaints, frustrations

Barack Obama drinks filtered water during a meeting in Flint, Mich., on Wednesday. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Residents of Flint, Mich., let President Barack Obama hear their frustrations about their city’s drinking water crisis. But they cheered when he asked for a glass drawn from the city’s once-toxic system, and again when he took a sip.  

Obama used his trip Wednesday to meet with residents and deliver what at times sounded like a sermon about the role government should play in Americans’ lives. He said government is an “extension” of every citizen, adding “our success depends on each other.”