New Republican-led Congress lays groundwork for Trump era and gears to dismantle as much of Obama’s legacy as it can

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
By Paul Martin

President-elect has made it clear he wants to move quickly to repeal Obamacare, slash tax rates, and fulfill other campaign promises
Democrats say they will push back but they are in the minority in both houses of Congress – plus they lost the White House in November
Trump also wants to roll back environmental regulations and banking reforms that he says inhibit economic growth
New members of Congress are being sworn in as the legislative session begins
3 January 2017

The Republican-led U.S. Congress begins a new session on Tuesday where it will start laying plans for enacting President-elect Donald Trump’s agenda of tax cuts, repeal of Obamacare and the rollback of financial and environmental regulations.

With Trump set to be sworn in as president on Jan. 20, Republican lawmakers hope to get a quick start on priorities that were blocked during Democratic President Barack Obama’s eight years in the White House.

Since his election on Nov. 8, the Republican president-elect has made clear he wants to move swiftly to enact proposals he outlined during the campaign such as simplifying the tax code, slashing corporate tax rates and repealing and replacing Obama’s signature health insurance program known as Obamacare.

Republicans have long sought to dismantle Obamacare, insisting it was unworkable and hampered job growth. But they face a dilemma over how to provide health insurance for the 13.8 million people enrolled in Obamacare who could lose their coverage.

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