The younger Republican lawmakers in Washington are urging their older colleagues to change the way the party approaches policy and messaging, The Hill reports.
Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, 34, put forward legislation to establish term limits on members of Congress, Virginia Rep. Scott Taylor, 38, points to net neutrality as an issue that the GOP should approach differently, and Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo, also 38, has taken on immigration.
"There are a number of issues that Republicans have either consistently forfeited or punted, and I think most younger members want to put an end to that," Curbelo said to The Hill. "And we want to have an answer for all of the challenges and all of the concerns that people have in our country, especially those who are our fellow Gen Xers and millennials."
His fellow Florida congressman, Rep. Matt Gaetz, 36, added that Republicans "need to focus on the issues that win the future, you know, how we engage in digital commerce, issues like climate change, issues like cannabis reform."
Utah Rep. Mia Love, 42, said that the party must move away from its old way of working if it wants to stay in power.
"I think that there are some issues that we as a generation, a new generation of Republicans coming in have different thoughts and different ideas and we're trying to shake some of that up and say, 'Look, you know, the younger generation, there are still Republicans, but we're abandoning them on a lot of these really important issues.'"
Love, the GOP's sole black female member of Congress, added, "I'm a pro-lifer — I think it's incredibly important. But I'm also the one that wrote the bill on over-the-counter contraceptives. I think it's important for women to have access to contraceptives.
"And it's all based around my belief of it's important for women to be able to have control of their health and be able to get access to contraceptives at a really low cost before they have to make a decision between keeping a life and ending a life."
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