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GOP lawmaker previews Senate agenda in new Congress

Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottLobbying world Powell pushes back on GOP inflation fears Trump ready to make McConnell's life miserable MORE (R-S.C.) gave a preview Saturday of what the new GOP-controlled Senate will look like come January.

Republicans, who captured the majority in last month’s election, will renew their efforts to redefine the workweek under Obamacare as 40 hours rather than 30. They'll take up a bill giving single parents and working families more flexibility to get their hours in at work.

And they’ll push to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

And under Scott’s “Opportunity Agenda,” Republicans will fight to expand educational opportunities for children with disabilities, living on military bases or living in poor neighborhoods.

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“The new Republican majority in the Senate, alongside the House of Representatives, will present solutions that work for American families, and I truly hope the President will join us,” Scott said in the weekly Republican radio address.

“We must regain the trust of the American people and we will do so by immediately focusing on jobs and the economy.”

In a jab at outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Scott said Republicans in the majority will be committed to protecting the rights of the minority party – “a drastic shift from the past few years in Washington.”  

“Amendments will be encouraged, not ignored. The practice of passing massive bills, just to see what’s in them, will be a thing of the past. And open debate and strong oversight will become the norm,” said Scott, a former congressman who was appointed to the Senate in 2013 and won election in November.

“While many may be skeptical, and rightfully so given how broken Washington has become,” he said, “Republicans are committed to returning government to the American people.”