Tillis: Trump wants results, Congress needs to produce

Posted January 19

— 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."


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  • Charlie Watkins Jan 21, 7:17 a.m.
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    Senator Tillis is a giant for North Carolina and is becoming one of the most influential Senators in Congress. We are fortunate to have such a statesman as him representing our fine state.

  • Michael Bawden Jan 20, 1:28 p.m.
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  • Alfred Barnes Jan 20, 9:39 a.m.
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    It's fake news when you can't or won't present any evidence to support your claim.

  • Thomas White Jan 20, 8:28 a.m.
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    Tillis was a problem in NC and now a problem in Congress. Of course he claims he wants to work with the Democrats, but why didn't he do that his first two years? The answer is simple - pure politics on his part.

  • Alfred Barnes Jan 20, 4:30 a.m.
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    Fred's right in one extent, Trump is not Republican, he ran on the Tea Party platform. Tillis is a rank and file Repub, and isn't going to change his spots. No integrity.

  • Alfred Barnes Jan 20, 4:28 a.m.
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    NPD would describe many. This is one case in which I think you're wrong. Do you have any evidence to support your theory? No doubt it would apply to HRD, or are you only throwing it out there because you support her? If so, you're the one with it.

  • Anna Temple Jan 19, 11:48 p.m.
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    "Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste
    I've been around for a long, long year
    Stole many a man's soul and faith" - Rolling Stones ahead of their time

  • Paul Hutton Jan 19, 10:33 p.m.
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    Tillis is part of the problem. A weak squishy republican way too eager to reach across the aisle to his democrat friends on the other side and give them 2/3 of what they want.

  • Fred Holt Jan 19, 10:02 p.m.
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    Simply read the list of symptoms Bill. It doesn't take a Rocket Surgeon here

  • Bill Connors Jan 19, 9:54 p.m.
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    Are you a therapist in the mental health field? How many sessions have you had with Trump? Have you ever even met him?

    No, I didn't think so.