House Republicans tackle final issues at retreat

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BALTIMORE (Gray DC) -- House Republicans are on day three of their retreat in Baltimore. Our Washington Bureau’s Alana Austin is at the conference with details of this weekend’s agenda.

House Republican leaders host a news conference in Baltimore, Maryland at their annual party retreat. Gray DC Correspondent Alana Austin asks GOP Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), about trade and agricultural issues. (Source: GrayDC)

Things are winding down here after a few busy days of meetings, briefings and press conferences. Republicans attending the retreat Saturday will be finalizing plans and strategies to overcome a divided Congress to push through their top priorities.

This week, the GOP hosted President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at their annual get-together. A major theme is how to jump-start their campaigns to win back control of the House of Representatives.

Meantime, back in DC, the Democratic-led House is advancing gun control bills in response to several recent high-profile mass shootings.

Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert has seen multiple tragic incidents in his home state of Texas, including in El Paso and Odessa. Gray Television caught up with at the conference. He says there’s a way to protect the public, while preserving Second Amendment rights.

“Every Republican I know of is willing to look at gun laws that would prevent mass shootings, but what we saw in Judiciary this week is this mentality, ‘oh there was another mass shooting, we’ve got to do something," explained Gohmert. "And that is the way you lose constitutional freedoms. You don’t just do something to make it look like as politicians we’re doing something.”

Overall this week, Republicans here continue hammering their talking points of fighting a growing socialist movement from the left, securing the border and shrinking the size of the federal government.

After Saturday, they’ll have the rest of the weekend off and return to DC for work next week.

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