Republicans will take back the majority this November. That was the message of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who urged the House GOP members to show up on Tuesday for the first time since the new Congress took control last month.
“We have a great opportunity to grow the country,” he said. “We’re going to be successful, we’re going to be inclusive. I know it’s going to take some hard work, and I’m going to help in every way that I can.”
Of course, after Ryan’s speech, Republican lawmakers will have plenty of time to catch their breath and recover from the whirlwind of activity the new Congress will inevitably throw them.
House Republicans will meet for their first “Leadership Orientation” on Wednesday morning, which will give the GOP a chance to get down to a more businesslike pace and to get to know their new leadership team, from members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet to GOP lawmakers who may be considering running for various positions.
Among the Trump Cabinet members expected to be in attendance at the orientation at the Capitol are Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, the current governor of Georgia, and top White House strategist Steve Bannon, who will be helping the new president and his team with policymaking.