President Trump will host Republican congressional leaders at Camp David late next week as Congress prepares to return to Washington after the holidays to kick off its 2018 agenda.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are slated to join Trump at the presidential retreat in Maryland on Jan. 6 and 7, a White House official confirmed to the Washington Examiner, where they are expected to huddle with the president over GOP priorities for next year.
Trump has expressed interest in pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure package in 2018, while Ryan has signaled a desire to explore welfare reform when Congress reconvenes next year. McConnell, meanwhile, is said to fear Republican losses in the upcoming midterm elections. The group is expected to discuss their concerns and goals for the second year of Trump's presidency at Camp David next weekend.
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Fresh off the successful passage of tax reform, Republican congressional leaders could look to continue their winning streak in the first part of 2018 despite the strain the looming election will put on the legislative process.
But lawmakers also face a mid-January deadline to keep the government open when a temporary spending bill they passed earlier this month expires, setting Republicans and Democrats up for a showdown over funding that could consume their attention next month. There is also pressure to resolve the status of undocumented immigrants protected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals ahead of the program's March 5 end.
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the meeting.