House and Senate Republicans are preparing to to push and agenda upon America that includes repealing the Affordable Care Act, Slashing Social Security and Medicare, reversing Obama’s recent executive signings, killing the Consumer Protection Bureau, ending school lunch standards, softening tobacco regulations and more.
With Republicans firmly in charge of Congress and the Oval Office, their agenda – on hold for the past six years – is seeing a clear runway for take off. Without a Democrat heading the executive branch the 115th Congress, set to begin next week, are looking to be unfettered in pushing forward that agenda.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is their highest priority, one that the incoming president seems to agree with, at least in part. During his first news conference after the 2016 elections, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WIS) said America had given his party a mandate and that his aim was a “uniform Republican government.”
In the Senate, Republicans have a majority of 52 out of 100 seats. They plan to use Budget Reconciliation to pass legislation that needs only a simple majority of 51.
The GOP leadership plans to kill the Consumer Protection Bureau and make tax changes, including doing away with the estate tax. In addition, their plans include the use of the Congressional Review Act, to cast a simple majority to undo many of President Obama’s signings within the past six months.
They also intend to do away with, what they call, the wasteful school lunch standards and tobacco regulations. Also, very important to their agenda is to get Trump’s signature on the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act. That act, would seemingly limit the president’s powers, so it’s not known if Trump will sign something to curtail his own power.
Republicans plan legislation to permanently remove funds for Planned Parenthood, a priority high for evangelicals, who seek to overturn Roe v. Wade. They also seek to pass legislation allowing those with concealed weapons licenses to cross state lines with their firearms.
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the GOP are going after Social Security and Medicare changes. If the Democrats cannot rally and draw attention to the fact that Trump promised those two programs would not be touched, older Americans may be in for some very harsh times in the near future.