This week, a group of House Republicans will target another demographic: Millennials.
Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers, the House Republican conference chair, has organized a 45-minute roundtable about the federal deficit with young voters from groups including Fix The Debt and the National Campus Leadership Council. Reps. Paul Ryan, Adam Kinzinger, Jamie Herrera Beutler, and Aaron Schock will join the discussion, aides said.
“The reforms advocated by House Republicans and the challenges facing millennials go hand in hand,” Will Allison, a spokesperson for Ryan, explained.
The dialogue will be held off-the-record, but lawmakers said Monday that their goal is to reset the perception among young voters that Republicans don’t share their policy priorities, or communicate them in the same way. Republicans have long sought — with mixed results — to make the case that their plans to restructure entitlements are aimed not at slashing the programs but at preserving them in some form for younger voters, and House Republicans believe they should be making it more forcefully.