Congressional Republicans gather in Philly to plot course

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. holds his copy of insurance premium statistics during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan urged the GOP-controlled House to pass a “critical first step toward delivering relief” from President Barack Obama's signature health care law as the chamber steamed ahead on legislation that is the first step toward repealing it and replacing it with something else. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Congressional Republicans are heading to Philadelphia where they will hear from President Donald Trump at their annual policy retreat.

The joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans comes as Trump’s presidency gets off to a rocky start. Republicans hope to come together and chart a course forward on a range of policy issues, particularly repealing and replacing former President Barack Obama’s health care law.

Lawmakers will also hear from British Prime Minister Theresa May, the first time a foreign head of state has addressed such a gathering. And football star Peyton Manning will appear.

The two-day conclave of work sessions, speeches and schmoozing gets under way Wednesday, with the high point coming Thursday with Trump’s lunchtime speech. Lawmakers hope the gathering will help solidify their agenda for the year.

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