On Thursday, Vice President – elect Mike Pence visited Capitol Hill. The word of the day was “action”, since this former leader of the House Republican conference told GOP congressmen to “buckle up, it’s going to move fast in the first 100-200 days”.
According to Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, Pence said “Donald Trump is a man of action and we’re counting on you”.
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During his meeting, Pence told House Republicans to “pray for the president, pray for his family, pray for our conference, and pray for the country,” said Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash. House Republican Conference vice chairman Doug Collins, R-Ga., who is also a pastor, then led the group in prayer.
Pence was also upbeat after the meetings.
“I’m very confident that as we move towards inauguration, bring together a great team, work in concert with leaders in the House and Senate, we’re going to move an agenda that’s going to rebuild our military, revive our economy, and … make America great again,” Pence said after his visit to Capitol Hill.
Pence is expected to play a major role in aligning the efforts of House Republicans with those of the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
“He made it very clear today he will be, in effect, a liaison for members of the House,” said Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo. “I think he’s going to play a very critical role in this administration in terms of getting their priorities moving forward, but also hearing from us and what we need to be doing for the country.”
Republicans said Thursday that the next Congress will convene on Jan. 3 and immediately work to craft repeal bills that can pass the Senate with 51 instead of the usual 60 votes.
“The exact time-frame is not spelled out,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. “But the indication is there will be work in preparation … to have them ready to go by inauguration.”
Repealing Obamacare, Meadows said, “is the first priority.”
As part of the transition, Congressional Republicans are looking at extending the continuing resolution that currently expires Dec. 10 through March 31. That would keep the government running and allow the new administration to have input in the final budget Congress adopts.
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