Americans have spoken and they have given the legislators in Congress a clean slate of things to do. Here is a list suggested by FoxNews.com:
1. Keystone XL
The nation needs Keystone XL as a component of the strategy to achieve energy independence. It should be considered as a part of a comprehensive strategy that initiates aggressive transformation from fossil fuels to renewable energy. If Republicans address the decision in isolation, they will have confirmed that they are capitalist opportunists and not concerned about producing a sustainable economy.
“Trading Oil for Coal
Obama has dragged his feet on approving or rejecting the Keystone XL pipeline, but it could be a good chit to trade for protecting new EPA regulations from the GOP Senate.
NOAH GORDON NOV 8 2014, 7:00 AM ET
“The environment could again be on the agenda. As with on tax reform and trade agreements, Republicans feel there’s a chance for agreement with President Obama on the Keystone XL pipeline: John Boehner and Mitch McConnell specifically called for its construction in a Wall Street Journal op-ed yesterday.
The northern leg of the pipeline, which would carry more than 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy crude from Alberta’s oil sands to Nebraska (before it heads for the Gulf Coast), has been held up for years by political and environmental concerns. Because it would cross the border from Canada, the pipeline requires a permit from the State Department. The energy company TransCanada first applied for a permit in 2008; in 2012, before the elections and after Congress set a tight deadline, Obama rejected the $8 billion project. But TransCanada reworked the application and the State Department completed its environmental review. Technically, Secretary of State John Kerry will make the call as to whether the pipeline is in the “national interest,” and Obama says it’s an “independent process” that he’s going to allow to play out, but it’s hard to imagine President Obama not having the final say on an issue of such political and policy significance.”
2. Immigration Reform
It is past time to talk about immigration reform. Now, Republicans have the legislative ball. Marco Rubio had an answer. Ted Cruz didn’t like it. Let the two Latino firebrands work it out.
“ Reports: Obama Flatly Rejected GOP Offer On Immigration Reform
By Cathy Burke, Newsmax
An offer by congressional Republicans to work on immigration reform in January was flatly rejected by President Barack Obama, reports said Friday.
At a post-midterm election lunch and meeting that lasted two hours, House Speaker John Boehner warned Obama not to take executive action to stem deportations or allow a flood of new immigrants to enter the country, the Washington Examiner reports.
“The speaker warned that unilateral action by the president on executive amnesty will erase any chances of doing immigration reform and will also make it harder for Congress and the White House to work together successfully on other areas where there might otherwise be common ground,” a spokesman told the newspaper.”
The first thing that the GOP needs to do is to stop calling the Affordable Care Act Obamacare.
They need to address a solution for ensuring all Americans with affordable healthcare. If they want to tweak the law, fine. If they want to produce a different solution, let’s see it. If they want to turn back history and recreate the problem, let the American voters assess the damage.
4. EPA Regulations
As for complaining about the EPA, have you driven through “frackland” in Pennsylvania or Ohio lately. The frackers are scalping the landscape. One beautiful rolling hills are not pock-marked mudslides. It is only a matter of time before environmentalists discover contamination in the groundwater. From where will people living in “frackland” get their clean water? How much will it cost them?
“Incoming GOP senators set sights on Keystone, immigration, ObamaCare, EPA regs
Published November 09, 2014
Two incoming Republican senators on Sunday laid out an aggressive agenda for themselves and the rest of the GOP-controlled Congress next year, including passing bills on the Keystone pipeline and immigration reform, and undoing new EPA rules and parts of ObamaCare.
West Virginia Sen.-elect Shelley Moore Capito told “Fox News Sunday” that her state’s economy is already suffering from new Environmental Protection Agency rules on coal, including the loss of at least 5,000 jobs, and that she wants to “roll back” changes.
“We’ve been picked as a loser, and I’m not going to stand for it,” said Capito, West Virginia’s first Republican senator since 1956.
Colorado Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, another of the seven Republicans to unseat a Senate Democrat on Tuesday, told Fox News that the GOP-led agenda should include approving Keystone, eliminating the Affordable Care Act’s medical-device tax and passing immigration reform.
“Let’s start with border security,” he said.
The freshmen senators said they are willing to work with President Obama. But they also expressed concerns about whether Obama realizes the Democrats’ big loses Tuesday were, in part, the result of Americans’ dissatisfaction with his policies and about his apparent desire to pass immigration reform with executive action that sidesteps Congress.
“What kind of message could he possibly be getting?” Capito asked. “Part of the dissatisfaction was with the president’s agenda.”
She suggested an early strategy of congressional Republicans working with Obama for “some small victories … to show Americans we can begin to solve problems.”