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Lawmakers Make New Year’s Resolutions

Resolutions focus on legislating rather than personal goals

The House is back, and members are ready to work on their resolutions for the new year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
The House is back, and members are ready to work on their resolutions for the new year. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Senate is back and the House will return next week after regrouping over the winter recess and preparing to tackle another tough year ahead.

Between midterms and a long legislative agenda, lawmakers have a lot to figure outSo it’s no wonder that their New Year’s resolutions revolve around policy issues and the election, instead of typical goals such as getting healthy or spending time with family.

HOH asked some members to share their resolutions for 2018.

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va.: “My resolution is to fight for our democratic norms with all my fiber.”


Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.: “My resolution is to pass the bipartisan Dream Act.”

Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas: “More exercise — more exercise of freedom of speech and assembly to preserve our democracy from the ongoing threat of the Trump administration.”

Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I.: “Do everything I can to help Democrats take back the House.”

Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa: “I will lose weight & block trolls (in moderation),” King tweeted. “10lbs by Easter is moderate. Blocking trolls who would be ejected from an Iowa town hall meeting for similar behavior is also moderate.”

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.: “There’s a lot that we’re going to be doing in 2018, and it starts where we left off. Tax reform is working incredibly well, we’re seeing our economy take off,” Scalise told Fox News on Tuesday. “The next big thing you’re going to see is a need for workers … let’s actually put some worker requirements in place so that we can get people back to work, rebuild the middle class.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.: “Democrats are committed to giving America #ABetterDeal in the year ahead,” she tweeted. “Wishing you all a wonderful #NewYearsEve2018!”

Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla.: “Stay in shape and fight back hard.”

And a resolution suggestion for staffers: “If you’re a Senate staffer, I’d appreciate if part of your New Year’s resolution is to subscribe to our CQ Senate newsletter, which you can access through the Senate network,” Roll Call’s Niels Lesniewski tweeted

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