Senate Democrats to Hold Retreat This Week

Not much will “get done this week in the Senate, as Democrats head out of town to the posh 573-acre Boar’s Head Inn estate just outside Charlottesville for an issues conference,” Fox News reports.

Aides say it’s all business as members discuss issues for the year, so don’t expect a pop-in visit from President Obama or Vice President Biden "or any guest of equivalent stature." A senior Senate Democratic leadership aide told Fox, "It will just be an issues retreat with presentations from some outside experts."

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But it’s not likely to be ALL business. Several spouses were spotted boarding the buses loaded in front of the Capitol Tuesday morning.  And the luxury resort offers a lot of swank at the fingertips: a spa, 26 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, two squash courts, biking, hiking, restaurants, and an 18-hole golf course. But perhaps many will get stuck in the 22,000 square feet of meeting space at the massive AAA-Diamond resort nestled in the Virginia countryside.

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) will “use this week’s Senate Democratic retreat to try to convince his colleagues to support a deficit-reduction plan based on the recommendations of President Obama’s debt commission,” On the Money reports.

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