"We have an agenda," said
The effort may get a boost next year from widespread concern about rapidly rising premiums for policies purchased on the federal exchanges.
"It's got to happen," Cole said.
However, he said the budget won't be passed until April, meaning it would be a few months before a repeal bill could make it to the
More immediate, he said, will be the rollback of recent regulations and a
Lankford, like many
Lankford said he expects Trump to have a nomination made by
Inhofe cited recent close decisions on issues involving executive branch actions, including the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act and the executive order to defer the deportation of about 4 million illegal immigrants; the Obama administration lost both cases.
Inhofe, who criticized Obama for years over declining military budgets, is optimistic that Trump will keep his campaign promise to boost
"The military will be one big beneficiary of last night's elections," Inhofe said.
Cole said there could also be efforts to approve corporate tax reform and shore up
Cole said Trump and congressional
"Going forward, the question is what we are going to do with this because we've been given a great opportunity," he said.
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