MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Many Republicans in Congress are now embracing Donald Trump after months of keeping their distance.
The president-elect met with House Speaker Paul Ryan Tuesday on Capitol Hill to discuss how they can work together including rolling back key parts of President Barack Obama’s legacy.
Ryan kept his distance from candidate Trump but President Trump is a different story.
“Let me just say how excited we are about these opportunities for the country. We had a fantastic, productive meeting about getting to work, rolling up our sleeves and going to work for the American people,” said Ryan.
One of the top items on that list is gutting the president’s signature health law – the Affordable Care Act, also known as ‘Obamacar.’
“Every single Republican thought ‘Obamacare’ was a mistake,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday. “It was the single worst piece of legislation among many bad pieces of legislation passed in the first two years of the Obama presidency. The sooner we can go in a different direction the better.”
Other items on the Republicans’ emboldened agenda are passing comprehensive tax reform and confirming a conservative justice to the Supreme Court.
Ohio Senator Rob Portman who after the Access Hollywood tape said he could no longer support Trump now says he look forward to finding common ground.
“I think there are some great things we can do right away to give the economy a shot in the arm….that’s something Donald Trump talked a lot about in the campaign, is we need to fix the broken tax code to bring back some of those funds that are overseas and invest it here,” said Portman while on MSNBC.
Other GOP converts include Senator John Mccain who Trump criticized during the campaign. Mccain said he wants to work with Trump “to confront national security challenges.”
Lindsey graham who didn’t vote for Trump, said in a statement “to the extent that I can help President-Elect Trump, I will do so.”
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says there are items she can work with President-Elect Trump on including a bill to create jobs by working on the nation’s infrastructure.
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