How you see that depends largely on your political perspective.
"On the main big issues, shrinking government, replacing Obamacare, reforming the tax structure, defending our borders, becoming a bordered nation and not a borderless nation, building the wall (at the Mexican border), immigration reform, those important issues that he ran on, he'll be successful in getting those through both chambers of
"It's not going to be easy to do what he talked about on the campaign stump," said Sen.
One of the ongoing debates at the
At present, the poorest of the poor get medical service through KanCare, while those on the higher level of the low-income spectrum can have their health insurance subsidized through the ACA, better known as Obamacare.
But a court decision leaving the threshold for
For the past several sessions, Statehouse Democrats have tried to get
Trump has vowed to repeal the ACA and replace it with an as-yet-undefined substitute, and appears to have the congressional votes to do it. Although after the election, Trump told the
Changes to the Affordable Care Act could render moot the argument over whether to accept federal money for expansion of
"What the federal government does is going to have a huge effect," he said. "You all of a sudden certainly see uncertainty there, so we have to figure it out.
"I don't think it necessarily stops the debate, but it's going to make people think, 'What happens next?' "
"How do you expand
"I think there's a difference between saying things on the stump and actually passing laws and standing up and looking at 20 million Americans and saying, 'We're taking your health care away from you now,' " Ward said.
As for Trump's promise to "repeal and replace Obamacare," Ward said, "They may pass something and call it something else," but the fundamental contours of the health system will remain.
He said the one change he does see looming is that
"There's a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of fear and apprehension in communities today as we await what actually does happen," he said.
In the primary and general elections, 31 Brownback-supporting conservatives in the
In his role as vice chairman of the
"I'm not happy with the care veterans are getting at the
Osterman said most of his contact with the federal government is through Rep.
He said he's also hopeful that he can build a strong working relationship with the incoming
Marshall, who unseated Rep.
Huelskamp and others have worked to make it easier for veterans in rural parts of the state to access medical care in their own communities rather than have to drive for hours to the
While Huelskamp was a vociferous advocate on veterans issues, the cause is likely to survive his being voted out of office in the August primary, with other
Another area where change could be coming is the export trade.
On the campaign trail, Trump assailed trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement as bad for American workers. He said he will seek to renegotiate
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"Should we go in and talk about clawbacks and labor protections (in trade agreements)? Absolutely," Ward said. "And
"But some of the comments by the president-elect are very alarming, particularly in a state that depends agriculturally on trade agreements to promote their industry," Ward said.
"One thing I've heard from someone very close to Trump is there's a good chance he's going to be here next year visiting the aircraft manufacturers," Whitmer said.
On immigration, it appears
Kobach advised Trump on immigration policy during the campaign and serves on his transition team. Kobach's name has also been floated as someone who may take on a permanent role in the Trump administration.
He has been a leading advocate for voter ID and proof-of-citizenship requirements that he says are needed to combat in-person voting fraud by illegal immigrants.
Kobach said after the election that he thinks Trump's victory will help the state government defend its voting restrictions when the state appeals recent federal court decisions against its proof-of-citizenship requirement.
Kobach called the president-elect's promise to build a wall to keep Mexicans from illegally crossing the border "immensely important" to Trump's victory, contending it was that issue that won over blue-collar workers. Trump also promised to deport illegal immigrants already on
He said there are many examples of judges appointed by Republican or Democratic presidents who "leave their partisan politics behind" when they ascend to the federal court bench. He said most of Kobach's losses on the proof-of-citizenship law he wrote for
As for mass deportation, Carmichael said there are really two groups at issue: urban undocumented workers who are deeply integrated into their community and often the parents of citizen children, and unskilled workers who staff the undesirable occupations in meat-packing and other agricultural pursuits in western
"I certainly hope we don't have 'papers please' checkpoints or door-to-door searches for undocumented workers," he said. "That could cause disruption in urban areas."
And in rural communities, "If we suddenly deported those (undocumented) folks, it would have a terrible effect on those (agricultural) communities and those businesses."
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