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Sen Mike Lee: GOP Can’t Keep Crying Wolf, Must ‘Govern Differently’

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GOP Sen. Mike Lee of Utah said Wednesday his party has to stop crying wolf and must change its governing strategy if it hopes to keep power in Washington going forward.

“There is no question about the fact that we can only cry wolf so many times,” Lee said on “Fox and Friends.” “We can only say so many times, we will govern differently if given a chance. We have to actually do it now. Now it’s difficult, there’s no question about it. But we have to do those different things. We have to govern differently and show that we as Republicans believe in stronger citizens. And that’s one of the reasons that we promote the cause of constitutionally limited government. Because it makes for stronger citizens and more heroic communities.”

Lee said if Congress doesn’t alter spending habits it will send a clear message to constituents that they aren’t concerned about the future.

“We’ve got every opportunity to reform the way we spend money in Washington,” he said. “When we decide that we’re not going to make any changes to spending, that sends a loud signal. Especially since we now have a united Republican government, we need to govern differently. We need to show that we are going to prioritize spending differently,” he said.

Lee also stressed tax reform as a top priority but recognized Republicans have been promising to tackle this issue for almost a decade with nothing to show for it.

Tax reform is also very important. It’s something Republicans have campaigned on for at least the last seven or eight years and we’ve got to get onto that next. I think that will be the next thing to come up after debt ceiling and after spending,” Lee said.

“There is still time. There’s still time for us to get something done. We have to actually do it,” Lee concluded.

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