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."
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.