- The Washington Times - Friday, September 12, 2014

Senate Republicans are preparing an agenda for their first 100 days in power next year in case they win majority control of the upper chamber, The Hill reported.

The agenda includes authorizing the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving “fast-track” trade authority, rolling back new Environmental Protection Agency regulations and repealing Obamacare’s unpopular tax on medical devices.

Republican senators insisted they were not “measuring the drapes” in anticipation of a wave election sweeping them into power after years in the minority.

“We will have to be prepared if we are in a position to govern,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “You got to think about those things you’d like to produce.”

Even if Republicans can win a net gain of six seats to seize control from Democrats, the GOP would be far short of the 60-vote majority needed to break filibusters. That could make it difficult to push through their legislative wish list.

Still, Republicans said that many of their priorities have support from Democrats, including giving the go-ahead to the Keystone XL pipeline and repealing the medical device tax.

“We should be able to do that in the first 30 days,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican.



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