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Tillis predicts end to gridlock in Congress

Posted January 5, 2015

— One day before he is sworn in as North Carolina's newest U.S. senator, Republican Thom Tillis was on Capitol Hill Monday getting the lay of the land.

Tillis is among 71 new members of Congress who will begin work on Tuesday as Republicans take control of the Senate and continue running things in the House. He predicted swift action on legislation from the Keystone XL gas pipeline to regulatory reform.

"I don't intend to be part of a divisive Congress. I intend to be part of the leadership that's going to bring this place back to where it's working and people approve of what we're doing," he said in an interview with WRAL News.

Tillis blamed an "obstructionist process" for grinding congressional action to a halt in recent years, leading to abysmal approval ratings for Congress in most public opinion polls.

"Americans are frustrated because they haven't seen anything (productive), and what they have seen, they don't like," he said.

He suggested starting with some of the "hundreds of bills" passed with bipartisan support in the U.S. House in the last session that were never voted on by the U.S. Senate.

"Why don't we go and dust off those measures and find an opportunity to demonstrate to the American people that we're ready to get back to work and get Congress functioning again?" he said.

A member of the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs committees in the Senate, Tillis said he would focus on the needs of both active-duty troops and veterans in North Carolina. But he also wants to work on regulatory reform, which he acknowledged isn't glamorous but could be key to boosting the U.S. economy.

"It may have been a well-intended measure," he said of some federal regulations, "but when you see it in practice, it's killing jobs or preventing businesses from expanding."

Tillis said immigration reform also needs to be a priority for the new Congress. Although failure to address problems in U.S. immigration policy has been a "bipartisan failure for decades," he decried President Barack Obama's recent use of executive orders to fill some of the policy gaps.

"It has to start with the basic step of proving we can seal the border (and) prevent the problem (of illegal immigration) from growing," he said, adding that only after that is done can Congress and the president discuss how to handle the estimated 11 million people already in the U.S. illegally.

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  • Sonja Yagel Jan 6, 2015
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    Make us proud Tillis.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 6, 2015

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    Thanks for proving my point!!

  • Sam Hershey Jan 6, 2015
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    Where were 100s of acres cleared for a solar farm? Glad to see you are advocating solar panels on roof tops.

  • Red Sox Nation Jan 6, 2015

    for the people - Please enlighten me on how I give sox fans a bad rep? He stated to google something, which I did, and it in no way relates to what he was saying.....Now if he wanted to further develop his thoughts and include previous Presidents as well as the current administration and state that there are striking similarities between Japan's economic downfall and what has been happening in America during the same time period, ok, we have a legitimate discussion about what is happening. But no, lets just put our blinders on and blame it all on the current President.

    But it's me that gives people a bad rep, by looking at a problem in it's totality? No, you simply took the lazy way out and went to slinging around insults. Far easier doing that, huh?

  • Michael Hart Jan 6, 2015
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    so your saying that the ACA based on the Heritage Foundation and brought forth by Newt Gingrich was a complete deception....got it!

  • teleman60 Jan 6, 2015

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    Your delusions are only topped by the Unconstitutional laws NC will be left wasting tax dollars in court where they will be struck down AGAIN AND AGAIN.

    One has to wonder at a post that claims the most reviled news operation in America is the most balanced??? Studies have shown time after time that Faux viewers are less informed than people who watch NO NEWS AT ALL!

  • icdmbpppl Jan 6, 2015

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    Let's let the Supreme Court emasculate the ACA, since it was all based on deception anyway, and not a single democrat lawmaker read the law before they voted for it. Jonathan Gruber did us all a favor with his failure to keep his mouth shut and told us what the democrats think of their constituents.

  • icdmbpppl Jan 6, 2015

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    Let's talk empty suits, and let's start with the one in the White House.

  • icdmbpppl Jan 6, 2015

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    What news sources do you propose--the Obama media? Pravda Press? You won't ever get both sides of any story from the main stream media, and you will only get left wing propaganda from MSNBC. Fox news is the most widely viewed news source in the country, and they do give both sides of an issue.

  • Steven Jan 6, 2015

    Tillis the pawn. Empty suit is the best he is.

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