Louisiana GOP Rep. Steve Scalise laid out the agenda for the Republican Party in 2018, and said the GOP should be focused on balancing the federal budget, reforming welfare, and securing the southern border, Tuesday on “Fox and Friends.”
“Let’s work to get back to a balanced federal budget. It’s something we can absolutely do from the growth we are getting out of the tax cuts,” Scalise said.
He blamed Democrats for refusing to negotiate substantively on tax reform and praised the new law for putting money back in voters’ pockets.
“When we moved to cut taxes the Democrats just walked away from the table because they didn’t want people to get more of their hard-earned money. But look at how well it’s working,” he said. “One of the best things we did is repeal the individual mandate. Because it really undoes a lot of the stools of ObamaCare. Now we need to go and fix the things that are broken in health care that are jacking up costs.”
Scalise highlighted welfare reform as another major issue the GOP can tackle in 2018 and pushed for work requirements to help “rebuild the middle class.”
“I think the best thing that we can do is to go and reform those welfare programs that are trapping people in a failed welfare state,” Scalise said. “Let’s actually put some work requirements in place so that we can get people back to work [and] rebuild the middle class.”
Scalise was optimistic about a compromise with Democrats on immigration and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
“It’s got to start with border security though and putting money in place to start building the wall,” Scalise said. “Let’s go and secure our border.”
“As it relates to DACA we need to end chain migration. We need to end this lottery system that as we’ve seen time and time again, is a failed and flawed system,” he added.
President Donald Trump tweeted Friday there would be no deal on DACA without a border wall and an end to chain migration.
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