Washington — Gridlock has paralyzed Congress for much of U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis' first two years on Capitol Hill, but the North Carolina Republican said Thursday that he expects to see tremendous progress under President Donald Trump's administration.
"It's the dawn of a new era," Tillis said. "I think it's an era where the American people have given us an opportunity to produce results, not settle into our partisan camps and promise to get things done and never do. I think President Trump is going to demand results, and being somebody that likes to produce results, I'm excited about being a part of that era."
Many of Trump's more bombastic campaign promises will wind up being more rhetoric than reality, Tillis predicted.
"I do believe he represents a transformative opportunity for us," he said. "I believe he is someone who wants to see results. He's seen them all of his career. He's produced great results, and he's had failures."
He cited immigration reform, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and regulatory reform among his own priorities for the next two years.
"I want to see a lot of regulatory reform very quickly, similar to what we did in North Carolina in our first term, starting in 2011," he said.
Tillis said he wants to work with Democrats to achieve results on those and other issues, and he challenged others in Congress to work together to produce meaningful legislation.
"If I'm successful, I guarantee you, I will do one or two things that are going to make you very mad. But don't sweat the interim. Look at the end result, and I think the end result can be very positive," he said. "If we look at that and people have the courage to lead that way, I think we can turn this nation around and really get back to making America great again."