GOP retreat with paltry attendance does little to ease member infighting: ‘Waste of time’

WEST SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia — As House Republicans left the annual GOP retreat Friday, they lamented dismal attendance that sullied hopes of pushing out a strong and unifying message. Coupled with reminders of party infighting and a chaotic term, the conference departed West Virginia on uneven footing as they grappled with major issues ahead.

The House has faced a chaotic year under Republican control with an ousted speaker, party infighting, and a growing exodus of GOP members set for the end of 2024. While some Republican lawmakers are still confident in their chances to grow their ever-narrowing majority, others are worried the GOP retreat in West Virginia, a chance for Republicans to put aside differences and come together, further highlighted that members have a long way to go to heal the conference. 

During the two-day
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