House Majority Whip Eric Cantor said that the GOP is poised to do great things, but cautioned that the party must be realistic in its goals because it still does not control the Senate or White House.
Freshman Rep. Chip Cravaak (Minn.), who said he "learned a lot" during the three days, agreed, arguing that, "we have a lot of challenges ahead of us as Americans ... jobs [and] the economy are things that are around all of our necks."
Meanwhile, in remarks at the retreat on Saturday, Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) waded into the debate over the looming debt-limit increase battle and warned that any increase must be tied to cost-cutting measures.
"President Obama and Congressional Democrats have been on a job-destroying spending spree that has left us with nothing but historic unemployment and the most debt in U.S. history. If they want us to help pay their bills, they are going to have to start cutting up their credit cards," he said, according to excerpts released by his office.
"'Cutting up the credit cards' means cutting spending — and implementing spending reforms to ensure we keep on cutting. We know the American people will settle for nothing less."
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.