President-elect Donald Trump is planning an extremely busy winter.
Beginning immediately after being sworn in, Trump has pledged to begin removing more than 2 million illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that will not take them back, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur and cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities.
Trump also wants to announce the country’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, set term limits on all congressional members and label China as a currency manipulator.
Trump also plans to cancel billions in payments to U.N. climate change programs and use the money to fix America’s water and environmental infrastructure.
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All this and more is set out in Trump’s “Contract with the American voter.” Trump released the plan at the end of October.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shot down or expressed little enthusiasm in some of the plan, according to reporting from NPR.
On Trump’s proposal to impose term limits on Congress, McConnell said, “It will not be on the agenda in the Senate.” McConnell has been a long-standing opponent of term limits, as NPR’s Susan Davis reports. “I would say we have term limits now — they’re called elections.”
McConnell was also not enthusiastic about Trump’s infrastructure plans, calling it not a top priority, an NPR story stated.
McConnell did say repealing Obamacare is a “pretty high item on our agenda” along with comprehensive tax reform and achieving border security “in whatever way is the most effective.” But he also declined to discuss the Senate’s immigration agenda further, according to the NPR report.
“We look forward to working with him,” McConnell said in NPR’s story. “I think most of the things that he’s likely to advocate we’re going to be enthusiastically for.”