Heritage Action has tapped House speaker Paul Ryan to deliver the keynote address at its third annual policy summit next Wednesday, February 3, according to an agenda obtained by National Review.
“Speaker Ryan intends to address the opportunities we have to unite the conservative movement around big ideas to save the American idea,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong confirms.
The summit also takes place as House members ready for listening sessions on the twelve appropriations bills that leadership has pledged to pass through regular order this year, offering an early window into the kinds of amendments behind which conservatives are likely to rally.
“He’s conservative — folks know that,” says one leadership aide. “He was an obvious choice to lead this.”
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In addition to Ryan, Ernst, Walker, and Sasse, the summit will feature a bevy of influential conservative lawmakers and journalists discussing the topics that have largely defined Congress for the last year. In a panel moderated by The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes, House Freedom Caucus leaders Jim Jordan, Mick Mulvaney, Raul Labrador, and Mark Meadows will discuss how the Freedom Caucus is “changing the game for conservatives.” The Federalist’s Ben Domenech will moderate a panel on the future of the Senate filibuster, the procedural tool that has long stymied conservative legislation from moving past the House, featuring House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and Utah senator Mike Lee.
Other Republican lawmakers scheduled to participate in the summit include Republican Study Committee chairman Bill Flores, Representatives Dave Brat, Ron DeSantis, Marlin Stutzman, and Ken Buck, and Senators Jeff Flake and James Lankford.
— Elaina Plott is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute.