The Senate Is Ours. Now What?

Two days ago, republicans regained the US Senate. We will control at least 52 seats, and potentially as many as 54 after the Alaska results come in and the Louisiana runoff is concluded. Republican superstars like Cory Gardner and Joni Ernst pulled stunning victories in their states, Thom Tillis came from behind in North Carolina, we over performed in Virginia, and even the embattled Pat Roberts pulled out a win. So Republicans rode a wave into the senate. Now we must prove we can govern.

  1. Build the Keystone Pipeline. This should be a bipartisan issue, and has near-unanimous support among republicans. If we can strike a deal with President Obama and build the pipeline, we prove that we can govern.
  2. Meaningful Immigration Reform. I’ve always been a supporter of the bipartisan Cuellar-Conryn Bill. Harry Reid refused to let the senate debate, much less vote on this bill. I firmly believe that majority-leader-to-be Mitch McConnell should allow the debate, pass, and enact this bill. 
  3. Meaningful Economic Reform. Pass Rep. Paul Ryan’s economic reform bill. It’s one of the best examples of “republicans do care” that I can remember. If it passes and the president signs it, we’ve done a lot of good for the country, and shown that we can govern. We pass it and Obama vetoes it, then it hurts him and helps us.
  4. Reform Healthcare. While we can’t repeal Obamacare with the president still in office, we can systematically dismantle it. That will help our standing among the electorate, and prove that we can govern.

Another nice suggestion: find some duct-tape and silence Senator Ted Cruz.

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