Congressional Republicans gathered behind closed doors in a Philadelphia hotel Thursday to discuss their plans to tackle national security, health care and more. Now you, too, can listen in.
The recordings below were first provided to The Washington Post and other news outlets through an anonymous email sent Friday evening. The author of that message asked that the recipients not publish the audio files out of concern that the author could lose his or her job. On Saturday afternoon, the person wrote again and granted permission to publish the files, explaining that he or she had more closely reviewed the recordings and had concluded that they could not be used to identify him or her.
Washington Post reporters who reviewed the files on Thursday and Friday found revealing details within. In a health-care session, rank-and-file lawmakers pressed leaders on major unanswered questions and political risks posed by the GOP’s current plans to undo the Affordable Care Act. In a national security session, senior lawmakers confronted the clash between their party’s wishes to both beef up military spending and reduce the federal debt and deficit. And in a question-and-answer session, Vice President Pence committed to undertake a federal investigation pertaining to unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud.
Session 1: “Keeping America Strong, Restoring Our Commitments.” This morning session on national security, defense and foreign policy topics began with remarks from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (Tenn.), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Edward R. Royce (Calif.), House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (Texas) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (Ariz.). Questions from other lawmakers followed.
Session 2: “Keeping Our Promise on Health Care.” This morning session on the GOP strategy to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act began with remarks from Senate Republican Conference Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso (Wyo.), Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), House Energy and Commerce Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (Texas), House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman Virginia Foxx (N.C.) and White House Domestic Policy Council Chairman Andrew Bremberg. Questions from other lawmakers followed.
Session 3: Questions for Vice President Pence. This afternoon session, held after an open speech by Pence, featured questions from Reps. Louie Gohmert (Texas), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Ron DeSantis (Fla.), Gary Palmer (Ala.), Pete Olson (Texas) and Ted Yoho (Fla.).