What are House Democrats discussing at their retreat this week? Here’s the agenda

February 11

House Democrats will be meeting for two and a half days this week behind closed doors to reflect on the past year and plot strategy ahead of November's elections.

This year's meetings are officially titled, "Strengthening Ladders of Opportunity," according to a copy of the agenda obtained by The Washington Post.


House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), who is in charge of this year's policy retreat. (Getty Images)

Sessions include speeches from President Obama, Vice President Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. Other sessions include a focus on the minimum wage; how to improve constituent services; a discussion about immigration reform led by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.); and another entitled, "Unmarried Women: They Will Elect You if You Get it Right," led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.).

Members eager for some fine-tuning can attend media sessions entitled, "Message Discipline Made Easy" led by Democratic media strategists Matthew Kohut, John Neffinger and Seth Pendleton with KNP Communications.

In their downtime, there will be snacks, music and a tour of the nearby Harriet Tubman museum.

Review the full agenda, provided by a Democratic lawmaker, below:

2014 Democratic Caucus Issues Conference Agenda

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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