On the quiet Virginia shores of the James River, the U. S. House Democratic Caucus members will begin arriving in Williamsburg to spend a few days discussing issues at the Kingsmill Resort. This year's annual retreat is scheduled from February 5 to 7 at the luxury resort, one of my favorites. It has 425 newly renovated single guestrooms, which include 1, 2 and 3 bedroom suites decorated in classic Thomasville.
Since the Democratic Caucus' first meeting on April 2, 1796, it has been a service-oriented subgroup organization for all Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the purpose of achieving a consensus and ensuring members have the tools to implement it. During weekly meetings, issue task forces, the yearly caucus issues conferences, special events, and member-to-member communications, it nominates and elects the leadership, approves committee assignments, makes rules, enforces party discipline and serves as a forum to develop and communicate party policy and legislative priorities. I have not seen the agenda for this coming week's meeting, but I could guess that it has something to do with President Obama's agenda. If President Obama goes to the meeting there will probably be more international press and security than Williamsburg has permenant residence.
It's good that the issues conference is held in the winter, since many of the U. S. Representatives play golf. And it's hard for any golfer to look at the 3-golf courses at Kingsmill's Resort without playing!