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GOP Governors: Get Going on Agenda Now

First 100 days will be crucial before the 2018 cycle gets in full swing

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley urged her fellow Republican governors to act quickly and work hard to create change before the 2018 election cycle gets in full swing. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley urged her fellow Republican governors to act quickly and work hard to create change before the 2018 election cycle gets in full swing. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

After decisive wins for the GOP in last week’s election, several Republican governors are pushing to implement President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda quickly before the 2018 election cycle gets in full swing.

Speaking at the Republican Governors Association meeting at a resort near Disney World, some governors said that great changes could come on multiple issues, from health care to education, The Associated Press reported. But others cautioned that the changes must be made quickly. 

With GOP control of the White House, Congress, and large majorities of executive mansions and statehouses, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said, “The sky’s the limit.”  

But others saw limits. 

“The empire will strike back,” said Florida Gov. Rick Scott, alluding to the Democrats. “You can be sure they are right now planning to stop us from making real changes.”

Several governors mentioned health care as one area they would like to implement change. They see Trump’s election as a chance to revamp Medicaid requirements, among other reforms.

“I don’t know that there will ever be a turn off the switch, wait a period of time and then turn it back on,” said New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. “There is going to have to be a transition and not leave everyone uninsured.”

Still, many are excited about the opportunities now available that they did not have under the Obama administration. 

“We can’t celebrate too long, we’ve got to get to work,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said. “And that means 30 days, 60 days, 90 days, 120 days, all of us have to get to work.”

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