Congress might be struggling to move on its Obamacare "repeal and replace" healthcare plan or other big-ticket conservative agenda items like paying for the U.S.-Mexico border wall, but "move quickly" has been the marching order at the state level, as The New York Times reported Sunday.
"In states from New England to the Midwest and across the South, conservative lawmakers have introduced or enacted legislation to erode union powers and abortion rights, loosen gun regulations, expand school-choice programs, and slash taxes and spending," the Times' Alexander Burns and Mitch Smith wrote.
Like the White House and Congress, the GOP has majority control via governor and legislature in 25 states, according to the Times, and Democrats are calling for attention to that fact at the local levels of government.
"Progressives cannot afford to forget about what's happening in our backyards," Nick Rather, leader of a Colorado-based liberal group, told the Times. "Some of it is even more egregious than what is currently happening in Washington, D.C."
If Republicans carry through on its "move quickly" mantra, President Donald Trump's anti-establishment and deregulation movement can be moved forward locally.
"That has been amped up as a result of Donald Trump being elected president," Wisconsin state Sen. Scott L. Fitzgerald told the Times. "There's a higher expectation now."
As much as the state movement might be quick, it has to be equally deliberate and purposeful, New Hampshire state Sen. Jeb Bradley.
"We can't just start bonfires that we can't put out," Bradley told the Times, echoing a fear that has stalled congressional Republicans on Obamacare, immigration, and other actions. "But we can certainly move forward with a conservative agenda that's a reasonable conservative agenda."
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