Sen. John Barrasso discusses priorities for next Congress
Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming was recently elected to be the next Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. I spoke to him about what the Republican Party and the Senate overall can look forward to in the next Congress.
SEN. BARRASSO: So I want to keep going the way that President Trump has been going. Now, we do have a Democrat House coming into play now, and the question is, what are they going to want to do? Do they want to work together with us and legislate or do they want to spend a lot of their time investigating? But if they want to legislate, we have a long history of bipartisan support. We passed this past year, the water infrastructure bill for dams, ports, inland waterways, reservoirs, all of that component.
We need to take the next step and do surface transportation which is bridges and roads and that needs to be done in a bipartisan way. I also want to focus on making sure we are less dependent in the United States in places like Saudi Arabia for energy, places like Russia. We need to be energy dominant. I want to make sure we continue to use the resources we have in this country that we've been blessed with.
But with regard to the House, I want to work with them when things that we agree on and if there are things that we don't agree on a then those are the areas that we're going to have to seek common ground.
Here’s the Bottom Line: look for infrastructure reform to be a major focus for Republicans in the Senate as well as hopefully the Senate overall in this next Congress.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.