Republicans, with a majority in the House and the Senate, will "absolutely" break the gridlock in Congress and start to pass bills on issues that affect Americans, said Sen. John Barrasso.
"Absolutely. We're going to break through the gridlock, put bills on the floor in this Senate that are important to the American people, in terms of jobs, in terms of energy, in terms of the most painful parts of the healthcare law, removing those parts, and trade," the Wyoming Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
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Barrasso said Congress should start with bills that enjoy bipartisan support, and present them to President Barack Obama "pretty quickly" for his signature.
He suggested pocketbook issues were what mattered most to voters.
"People don't care that much about politics as much as they care about their own lives, in terms of job security, affordable energy. And, those are the things that we're going to give the president an opportunity to sign that have bipartisan support," he said.
Congress would also pass a budget "which gives us an opportunity to deal with overspending and overregulation," Barrasso said, adding that he expected lawmakers to discuss legislative options with Obama when they met with him for lunch at the White House on Friday.
"We've got to keep the country moving forward. Break through the gridlock. And, deal with the issues that people care about, which is jobs, affordable energy, and the economy," he said. "We're going to have an opportunity to, I think, spend a couple of hours with the president, talk about all of these things."
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